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Meshless Modeling of Flow Dispersion and Progressive Piping in Poroelastic Levees

Mechanical Engineering Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
School of Science, Engineering and Technology, Penn State University, Harrisburg Campus, Middletown, PA 17057, USA
College of Engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA
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This Paper is an Extended and Modified Version of Our Paper “A Meshless Method Solution Approach for The Transient Poro-elastic Levee Problem” Published at the Proceedings of BEM/MRM 2012, the 34th International Conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods, Split Croatia, WIT Press, Southampton, UK, 25–27 June 2012.
Fluids 2019, 4(3), 120;
Received: 29 April 2019 / Revised: 10 June 2019 / Accepted: 23 June 2019 / Published: 29 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computational Simulation of Pollution Dispersion)
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Performance data on earth dams and levees continue to indicate that piping is one of the major causes of failure. Current criteria for prevention of piping in earth dams and levees have remained largely empirical. This paper aims at developing a mechanistic understanding of the conditions necessary to prevent piping and to enhance the likelihood of self-healing of cracks in levees subjected to hydrodynamic loading from astronomical and meteorological (including hurricane storm surge-induced) forces. Systematic experimental investigations are performed to evaluate erosion in finite-length cracks as a result of transient hydrodynamic loading. Here, a novel application of the localized collocation meshless method (LCMM) to the hydrodynamic and poroelastic problem is introduced to arrive at high-fidelity field solutions. Results from the LCMM numerical simulations are designed to be used as an input, along with the soil and erosion parameters obtained experimentally, to characterize progressive piping. View Full-Text
Keywords: progressive piping; meshless method; poroelastic flow; crack propagation progressive piping; meshless method; poroelastic flow; crack propagation

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Khoury, A.; Divo, E.; Kassab, A.; Kakuturu, S.; Reddi, L. Meshless Modeling of Flow Dispersion and Progressive Piping in Poroelastic Levees. Fluids 2019, 4, 120.

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