This is a complex question involving a number of possible scenarios. In order to simplify the question and ensure a quicker and more efficient solution, we considered the worst possible case. If the dyke provided protection against that, we could be sure of safety in all other situations.
3D video simulation creates vivid visualisation
We therefore envisaged a tsunami of oil flowing from a huge rupture in a tank. By simulating the movement of the viscous fluid in a time-dependent model, we could identify whether and how long it would take for the wave of oil to overwhelm the dyke.
For further insight, several simulations were carried out starting from different scenarios of tank damage. Our method created a 3D-movie simulation providing our client with a vivid picture of what would happen in case of a rupture. It also enabled us to make an accurate assessment of the risk, which would not have been possible from the use of equations alone.
In cases where the results of the simulation indicated the dyke would be breached, we were able to advise our client about the measures needed when reassessing plans.
- ClientAn international oil and gas company
- ScopeInvestigating the construction of a dyke surrounding oil storage tanks to provide protection for nearby buildings in the event of a spillage.
- SolutionSimulated the movement of the viscous fluid in a time-dependent model. A 3D-movie simulation provided a vivid picture of what would happen in case of a rupture.