Seepage Characteristics of Imperfect Cutoffs

by Francis G. McLean, (A.M.ASCE), Principal Soil Mech. Engineer; Westerhoff and Novick, Inc., Chicago, IL,
Raymond J. Krizek, (A.M.ASCE), Principal of Civil Engineer; Tech. Inst., Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Pg. 305-312

Document Type: Journal Paper


The probability of constructing an undamaged sheet-pile cutoff or a perfect grout curtain is relatively small. The variety of idealized analytical solutions contained in the literature allows the results obtained for an imperfect cutoff to be bounded for comparison. In this study, the finite element method is used to investigate the steady-state seepage characteristics associated with imperfect cutoffs installed in homogeneous, isotropic porous media.

Subject Headings: Seepage | Finite element method | Probability | Piles | Grouting | Comparative studies | Steady states | Homogeneity

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