D-Water Quality

The D-Water Quality module, as the successor of Delft3D-WAQ, simulates the far- and mid-field water and sediment quality due to a variety of transport and water quality processes. To accommodate these, it includes several advection diffusion solvers and an extensive library of standardized process formulations with the user-selected substances. Default processes allow you to simulate for instance the decay of BOD and nitrification, elementary growth of algae and nutrient cycling, exchange of substances with the atmosphere, adsorption and desorption of contaminant substances and the deposition and resuspension of particles and adsorbed substances to and from the bed. Deltares’ unsurpassed level of knowledge in the field of water quality is made available to the professional world by means of this module. The D-Water Quality module is also available as add-on for TELEMAC users. D-Water Quality is including the D-Water Quality Open Processes Library. This is an open system to define additional substances, processes acting on new and existing substances, additional coefficients to be used in the formulae, the external forcing and auxiliary output. DELWAQ is the computational engine of the D-Water Quality module. For grid aggregation we offer a powerful tool called DIDO.


Delft3D Flexible Mesh - D-Water Quality - Western Scheldt

D-Water Quality – Western Scheldt


Short-term sediment transport processses

The D-Water Quality module also simulates the transport, erosion and settling of cohesive and non-cohesive, organic or inorganic, suspended or bed sediments. This sub-module of the D-Water Quality module includes several standard transport formulae and considers different particulate fractions independently. The effect of changes in bottom topography is neglected, so that only short-term sediment transport can be assessed using the D-Water Quality module. As sediment is a dominating factor in water quality and ecology studies, the inclusion of Deltares’ leading edge knowledge of sedimentation and silt transport processes makes this module the vital base tool for a large range of environmental studies.


Ecological processes

A variety of algae growth and nutrient dynamics models have been incorporated into the D-Water Quality module. For instance, models describing the governing processes of biotic and abiotic ecosystems and the interaction between these have been inserted into the process library, all of which are relevant to the study of eutrophication phenomena. This sub-module of the D-Water Quality module includes all algae connected water quality processes plus a variety of more detailed processes.


Delft3D FM beta testing – research programme

The Delft3D FM Suite undergoes continuous development and improvements in functionalities and user requirements. All newly developed functionalities are thoroughly tested by the Deltares developers and by members of our beta testing – research programme before being made available to the general public. Members of the beta testing – research programme are able to utilize all beta functionality of Delft3D FM for testing and research purposes only. If you would like to be a part of the beta testing – research programme community, please contact software@deltares.nl.