Seepage simulation using pipe network flow model in a discrete element system

Q. Dong, Y. Chen, Y. Wang
Computers and Geotechnics
pipe network flow model, seepage process, Verification

The pipe network flow model can simulate the seepage process with DEM conveniently because of its simple algorithm. However, whether it can recover the correct seepage process has not been verified.

In this paper, the equation to update the fluid pressure is rebuilt according to the flow conservation. Through the steady seepage simulation, this algorithm is verified to be able to recover Darcy’s law, and the equation to calibrate the aperture according to macro permeability is derived.

Furthermore, the modified algorithm is used to simulate the unsteady seepage process, and the results show good agreement with the analytical solutions.

Keywords: pipe network flow model, seepage process, verification.

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