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Rivers and Electric Networks: Crossing Disciplines in Modeling and Simulation

Ben R. Hodges, Center for Research in Water Resources, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, hodges@utexas.edu Frank Liu, IBM Research Austin, USA, frankliu@us.ibm.com
 
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Ben R. Hodges and Frank Liu (2014), "Rivers and Electric Networks: Crossing Disciplines in Modeling and Simulation", Foundations and TrendsĀ® in Electronic Design Automation: Vol. 8: No. 1, pp 1-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/1000000033

Published: 13 Jan 2014
© 2014 B. R. Hodges and F. Liu
 
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Circuit Level Design,  Simulation
 

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In this article:
1. Introduction
2. Electric Circuit Networks
3. Governing Equations for River Flow
4. A River Network Primer
5. Numerical Connections between Electric and River Networks
6. Final Remarks
Acknowledgments
References

Abstract

Electric circuits and river networks share similarities in both their network structure and derivation from conservation principals. However, the disciplines have evolved separately and developed widely different methods and models. This paper presents the foundations for network analysis for both disciplines and shows how numerical methods developed for circuit simulations can significantly improve river network models. The equations, models, and jargon are described, providing a reference for future studies to transfer knowledge across disciplinary boundaries.

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Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Electric Circuit Networks
3. Governing Equations for River Flow
4. A River Network Primer
5. Numerical Connections between Electric and River Networks
6. Final Remarks
Acknowledgments
References

Rivers and Electric Networks

Electric circuits and river networks share similarities in both their network structure and derivation from conservation principals. However, the disciplines have evolved separately and developed widely different methods and models. Rivers and Electric Networks: Crossing Disciplines in Modeling and Simulation presents the foundations for network analysis for both disciplines and shows how numerical methods developed for circuit simulations can significantly improve river network models.

Rivers and Electric Networks: Crossing Disciplines in Modeling and Simulation is aimed at electrical and hydraulic engineers/scientists who work on network problems. It introduces the reader to the jargon and relationships between these disciplines, explains the physics of both systems and draws out their similarities and differences. In the process, it presents an example of how numerical methods from microchip circuit analysis have been used in modeling a river network to a level of detail that previously was not possible.

Rivers and Electric Networks: Crossing Disciplines in Modeling and Simulation is an ideal primer for engineers and researchers from both disciplines and an excellent reference for future studies to transfer knowledge across their disciplinary boundaries.

 
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