Integrating data and models to understand dikes failure processes (DIKESFPro)

Type: National Project Project

Duration: from 2021 Mar 29 to 2024 Mar 28

Financed by: FCT

Prime Contractor: LNEC - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (Other)

Fluvial dikes are built to protect people and infrastructure in floodplains. Its failure can cause severe human and economic losses. Although fluvial dike failures are quite common events, research has been preferentially focused on failure studies of earthen dams since these accidents are almost impossible to mitigate and can be more lethal. The main objectives of the Project are i) to build an integrated conceptual framework for dike breaching, comprising hydrodynamics and soil mechanics, ii) to create a new generation numerical tool for 3D simulations of fluid-sediment mixtures and iii) to develop a methodology to integrate data and model results through assimilation in real time. To pursue these objectives, the work-program articulates laboratorial, theoretical and computational components structured


  • LNEC - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (Other)
  • R - INESC-ID Lisboa (Other) - Lisboa, Portugal
  • R - IST-ID (Other) - Lisboa, Portugal

Principal Investigators