Fluid mechanics for the built and natural environments (FMBNE) is the collective name of a group of researchers of CEHIDRO-IST and LNEC.
FMBNE’s aims are i) to carry out fundamental and applied research in all aspects of fluid mechanics relevant to characterize processes observed in the natural and built environments and ii) to develop consultancy in areas requiring a deep knowledge of fluid mechanics.
Recent activity has been focused in experimental research in fluvial processes, development of laboratory instrumentation and mathematical modeling of open-channel flows. Current research interest include a) the detailed characterization of turbulence in flows with rough boundaries, in flows within vegetation reaches, in unsteady flows and in complex 3D flows, b) the characterization and quantification of particle kinematics in mobile beds and associated channel morphology, c) dam-breach processes and dam-break flows d) mathematical modelling of 3D flows with SPH and LES and d) shallow-flow modelling of river and estuarine hydrodynamics and morphodynamics, namely flows that pose major threats to human communities such as exceptional river floods, dam-break flows and tsunamis.
For that purpose FMBNE are currently engaged in managing two key self-funded projects transversal to their activity: i) the designing and building a new stereoscopic high-resolution time-resolved PI and ii) the STAV project, aimed at developing simulation tools for open-channel unsteady flows with mobile beds.