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Validation of the Shallow Water model “SPLOT” against experimental data on bund overtopping

The objective of this work was to validate SPreading Liquid Over Terrain (SPLOT), LSMS and OVERTOP against experimental bund overtopping data, in order to gain confidence in the model and/or highlight any possible shortcomings.

Bunds around liquid storage tanks are generally designed so that they will retain more liquid than is contained in the tanks within them. A slow leak will therefore be contained. However, a sudden catastrophic tank failure will result in a surge of liquid, some of which may overtop the bund. Analysis of hazards allowing for this possibility therefore requires an estimate of how much liquid will overtop the bund.

View full research report ‘RR755 – Validation of the Shallow Water model “SPLOT” against experimental data on bund overtopping’