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Experimental modelling consists in performing laboratory experiments using scale physical models, which are a copy of the real case being tested, i.e.: the prototype, but normally at a smaller scale. Experimental tests can be carried out on any effluent, discharge configuration and ambient conditions. The model and the prototype maintain the relative proportions (the scale factor) and they are scaled in terms of both geometry and forces.

The objectives of physical modelling within MEDVSA Project are the following:
- To improve the knowledge about mixing processes of the hyperdense effluent which occurs when it is discharged into the sea, especially under the action of a dynamic ambient (waves and currents).
- To calibrate and validate numerical models focused on brine discharges, including simple models (based on dimensional analysis and integration of differential equations) and advanced CFDs and hydrodynamics models.

MEDVSA experimental research include near and far field experiments for characterizing brine behaviour into a stagnant and dynamic environment for different discharge configurations. Conventional and advanced optical techniques are being used for taking measurements.