A simple model of a phreatic surface through an earth dam

Advances in Water Resources


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A simple numerical model for estimating a phreatic surface in an earthen dam is presented. The numerical approach is based upon the Complex Variable Boundary Element Method (CVBEM). By expanding the CVBEM approximation geometric functions into a first order Taylor series, the unknown phreatic surface location geometrics can be approximated without iteration by solving a single matrix system. The developed technique provides for the numerical solution of the inverse problem of locating the phreatic surface coordinates. A comparison of results produced from this simple approach to results produced from a finite element analog and an iterative CVBEM analog for an example problem is presented. ?? 1984.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A simple model of a phreatic surface through an earth dam
Series title Advances in Water Resources
Volume 7
Issue 3
Year Published 1984
Language English
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Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Advances in Water Resources
First page 141
Last page 143
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