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Two-scale modeling of unsaturated water flow in a double-porosity medium under axisymmetric conditions

Abstract : In this paper the development and experimental validation of a numerical model of two-dimensional unsaturated flow in a double-porosity medium is presented. The model is based on the coupled formulation for flow in macro- and micropores obtained by homogenization. It was applied to simulate the axisymmetrical tension disk infiltration experiments that were carried out in a double-porosity medium. The physical model was a three-dimensional periodic structure, composed of porous spheres made of sintered clay and embedded in Hostun fine sand HN38. The hydraulic parameters of both porous materials were determined by inverse analysis of independent infiltration experiments performed on sand and sintered clay. The effective parameters of the double-porosity medium were calculated from the solution of the local boundary value problem, obtained from the homogenization procedure. The cumulative infiltration curve and the global dimensions of the humidified zone obtained from the numerical solution are in good agreement with the observations. Moreover, numerical simulations showed the existence of a narrow zone of local nonequilibrium that moves with the infiltration front. Upstream of this zone, the infiltration bulb is in the local equilibrium conditions.
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Adam Szymkiewicz, Jolanta Lewandowska, Rafael Angulo-Jaramillo, Joanna Butlanska. Two-scale modeling of unsaturated water flow in a double-porosity medium under axisymmetric conditions. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, NRC Research Press, 2008, 45 (2), pp.238 à 251. ⟨10.1139/T07-096⟩. ⟨insu-00389143⟩



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