Journal article

Evaluation of hydraulic conductivity in 3D random and heterogeneous particulate materials using network model

Jeremy Kress, Tae Sup Yun, Guillermo A Narsilio, T Matthew Evans, Dae-Soo Lee

Computers and Geotechnics | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2012


In this study we present a three-dimensional network model for the evaluation of hydraulic conductivity using new pore structure characterization algorithms. We define a porous medium from the sphere packing generated by discrete element method (DEM). The network model is based on connectivity of pore chambers linked along discretized pathway using a harmonic mean radius value computed from a series of radius-varying tubes that represent the irregularly shaped pore channel. Particle packing cases under investigation include regular packings, monodispersed, and polydispersed cases with varying porosity. Finite element analysis is implemented to obtain hydraulic conductivity values for regular..

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Awarded by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was conducted with the support provided to T.S. Yun by the basic science research program through National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (No. 2011-0005593).