Multi-component Lattice Boltzmann simulation of the hydrodynamics in drip emitters

  • Giacomo Falcucci Department of Enterprise Engineering, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy.
  • Vesselin K. Krastev Department of Economics and Management, School of Engineering, University of Tuscia, Italy.
  • Chiara Biscarini | UNESCO Chair in Water Resources Management and Culture, University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy.


In this paper, we propose a fast and efficient numerical technique based on the Lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) to model the flow through a reference drip emitter geometry. The aim of the study is to demonstrate the applicability of the LBM as a reliable simulation tool for the hydraulic optimisation of irrigation systems. Results for the water flow through a rectangular drip emitter are in good agreement with literature numerical and experimental data. Furthermore, we demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed model to simulate a multi-component flow that could be used to simulate the presence of additives, contaminants, and suspended particles.


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Drip emitters, Lattice Boltzmann, hydraulic modelling, multicomponent flows, clogging.
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Falcucci, G., Krastev, V. K., & Biscarini, C. (2017). Multi-component Lattice Boltzmann simulation of the hydrodynamics in drip emitters. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 48(3), 175-180.