Analytical solutions for seepage near material boundaries in dam cores

The Davison-Kalinin problems revisited

Anvar Kacimov, Yurii Obnosov

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Abstract

Steady Darcian seepage through a dam core and adjacent shells is analytically studied. By conformal mappings of the pentagon in the hodograph plane and triangle in the physical plane flow through a low-permeable dam core is analyzed. Mass-balance conjugation of flow in the core and downstream highly-permeable shell of the embankment is carried out by matching the seepage flow rates in the two zones assuming that all water is intercepted by a toe-drain. Seepage refraction is studied for a wedge-shaped domain where pressure and normal components of the Darcian velocities coincide on the interface between the core and shell. Mathematically, the problem of R-linear conjugation (the Riemann-Hilbert problem) is solved in an explicit form. As an illustration, flow to a semi-circular drain (filter) centered at the triple point (contact between the core, shell and impermeable base) is studied. A piece-wise constant hydraulic gradient in two adjacent angles making a two-layered wedge (the dam base at infinity) is examined. Essentially 2-D seepage in a domain bounded by an inlet constant head segment, an outlet seepage-face curve, a horizontal base and with a straight tilted interface between two zones (core and shell) is investigated. The flow net, isobars, and isotachs in the core and shell are reconstructed by computer algebra routines as functions of hydraulic conductivities of two media, the angle of tilt and the hydraulic head value at a specified point.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1286-1301
Number of pages16
JournalApplied Mathematical Modelling
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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Seepage
Dams
Shell
Analytical Solution
Conjugation
Reservoir inlets
Wedge
Hydraulics
Adjacent angles
Conformal mapping
Hydraulic conductivity
Embankments
Point contacts
Hydraulic Conductivity
Triple Point
Pentagon
Refraction
Riemann-Hilbert Problem
Computer Algebra
Conformal Mapping

Keywords

  • Analytic functions
  • Free boundary problems
  • Hydraulic gradient
  • Lapalce's equation
  • Refraction
  • Seepage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation

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Analytical solutions for seepage near material boundaries in dam cores : The Davison-Kalinin problems revisited. / Kacimov, Anvar; Obnosov, Yurii.

In: Applied Mathematical Modelling, Vol. 36, No. 3, 03.2012, p. 1286-1301.

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