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Modeling of seepage flow through layered solis

Soraganvi, VS and Muthineni, S and Kumar, MSM (2004) Modeling of seepage flow through layered solis. In: International Conference From Experimental Evidence towards Numerical Modeling of Unsaturated Soils, SEP 18-19, 2003, Weimar, GERMANY.

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A two-dimensional finite difference model, which solves mixed type of Richards' equation, whose non-linearity is dealt with modified Picard's iteration and strongly implicit procedure to solve the resulting equations, is presented. Modeling of seepage flow through heterogeneous soils, which is common in the field is addressed in the present study. The present model can be applied to both unsaturated and saturated soils and can handle very dry initial condition and steep wetting fronts. The model is validated by comparing experimental results reported in the literature. Newness of this two dimensional model is its application on layered soils with transient seepage face development, which has not been reported in the literature. Application of the two dimensional model for studying unconfined drainage due to sudden drop of water table at seepage face in layered soils is demonstrated. In the present work different sizes of rectangular flow domain with different types of layering are chosen. Sensitivity of seepage height due to problem dimension of layered system is studied. The effect of aspect ratio on seepage face development in case of the flow through layered soil media is demonstrated. The model is also applied to random heterogeneous soils in which the randomness of the model parameters is generated using the turning band technique. The results are discussed in terms of phreatic surface and seepage height development and also flux across the seepage face. Such accurate modeling of seepage face development and quantification of flux moving across the seepage face becomes important while modeling transport problems in variably saturated media.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer-Verlag Berlin.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Ms V Mangala
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2012 06:02
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2012 06:02
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/43776

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