Finite-Element Analysis of Seepage Through Dams

by W. D. Liam Finn,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 6, Pg. 41-48

Document Type: Journal Paper


A general method of seepage analysis using the finite-element method is developed for use on the digital computer. Seepage through dams and around a double wall cofferdam near the face of a slope is considered. The seepage region may be nonhomogeneous and nonuniformly anisotropic. A method of locating the top flow line or seepage line within specified limits of accuracy is presented. Solution of any seepage problem is reduced to a standard simple routine requiring negligible engineering time.

Subject Headings: Seepage | Finite element method | Computer analysis | Dams | Walls | Cofferdams | Slopes | Homogeneity

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