Journal of Yangtze River Scientific Research Institute ›› 2022, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (9): 90-95.DOI: 10.11988/ckyyb.20210436

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Numerical Study on 3D Water-Air Two-phase Seepage Characteristics of Undisturbed Soil Based on Level Set Method

CAI Pei-chen, QUE Yun   

  1. College of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350108, China
  • Received:2021-05-08 Revised:2021-08-01 Online:2022-09-01 Published:2022-09-21

Abstract: The 3D water-air two-phase seepage characteristics of undisturbed granite residual soil at REV (representative elementary volume) scale are examined by using the Level Set method based on computer tomography (CT) and AVIZO-COMSOL interactive docking technology. Results reveal that the residual air in pores mainly distributes in blocks on the pore edges, dead corners and abrupt changes of pore throats. A few main seepage channels, generally wide and straight, exist in the pores of the REV model. The two-phase seepage velocity is controlled by the tortuosity of the pores, yet with obvious advantage channels. The average flow velocity of the main seepage channel is 47.26% higher than the model as a whole. The maximum displacement resistance appears at the pore wall; the narrower the pore, the greater the resistance. The research finding offers an approach and a theoretical basis for further understanding the pore seepage law in undisturbed soil.

Key words: undisturbed soil, seepage characteristics, Level Set, representative elementary volume, CT scanning, two-phase flow

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