UK Hydro modelling specialist company HR Wallingford is to supply numerical and physical modelling systems to the the Suez Canal Authority.

HR Wallingford’s model will be the most comprehensive that has ever been created of the canal

HR Wallingford’s model will be the most comprehensive that has ever been created of the canal

The new information will help the SCA to further develop the canal, ports and coastline, keeping it abreast with the evolution of vessels and maintaining a competitive edge.

HR Wallingford is to establish a suite of numerical hydraulic models for the entire canal system, as well the port approaches in the Mediterranean Sea and Gulf of Suez. The canal is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, transited by 18,000 vessels in 2019. The hydraulic experts will also supply a bespoke state-of-the-art wave generation system for the flume in SCA’s research centre, which will be used for studies requiring a physical model.

HR Wallingford’s model will be the most comprehensive that has ever been created of the canal. It will incorporate current flows, waves, and sediment transport, and cover neighbouring coastal areas and ports, as well as the canal itself. To create the model, the HR Wallingford team will use the open source TELEMAC suite. This offers the major advantage of allowing the SCA to make its own modifications and updates in the future, if required. As well as preparing the model, the contract also covers HR Wallingford training the SCA in its use and installing the software at its research centre in Egypt.

HR Wallingford’s wave generation system is also destined to be installed in the Suez Canal Research Centre, as a permanent part of its existing research flume. To create the bespoke single paddle flume wave generation system, the team will first design the equipment to fit within the existing structure using Solidworks design software, drawing on their extensive experience of constructing wave generation systems for a wide range of global customers.

The new wavemaker will use the signal wave generation software, HR Merlin, which is able to produce regular and irregular waves, covering all the most commonly used spectra. The contract also includes installation together with the experienced HR Wallingford team commissioning the equipment on site and the training of staff in its use and maintenance.

For this project, HR Wallingford has partnered with an Egyptian firm, Noor Scientific and Trade, which is acting as in country exclusive representative. Noor Scientific and Trade strictly followed up the contracting procedure and offered HR Wallingford excellent support to win the project. Noor Scientific and Trade will assist with the equipment installation and logistics.

By Jake Frith