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Original scientific paper

Numerical and experimental analysis of seepage beneath a model of a gravity dam

Tomislav Jelenković
Vanja Travaš ; Faculty of Civil Engineering University of RijekaRadmile Matejčić 3Rijeka

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For a steady flow condition beneath a physical model of a typical gravity dam, a comparative analysis between the measured flow data and the one predicted by numerical analysis is presented. The velocity vector field is compared qualitatively and the pressure field is compared quantitatively (on a relevant sections of the flow domain). The numerical analysis is performed by solving the Laplace differential equation by finite difference method. Finally, a particular interest is dedicated to a velocity field and the process of local erosion.


Darcy law, liquefaction, finite difference method, physical model, saturated porous media, steady seepage flow

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