A moving-mesh finite-volume method to solve free-surface seepage problem in arbitrary geometries Academic Article uri icon


  • The main objective of this work is to develop a novel moving-mesh finite-volume method capable of solving the seepage problem in domains with arbitrary geometries. One major difficulty in analysing the seepage problem is the position of phreatic boundary which is unknown at the beginning of solution. In the current algorithm, we first choose an arbitrary solution domain with a hypothetical phreatic boundary and distribute the finite volumes therein. Then, we derive the conservative statement on a curvilinear co-ordinate system for each cell and implement the known boundary conditions all over the solution domain. Defining a consistency factor, the inconsistency between the hypothesis boundary and the known boundary conditions is measured at the phreatic boundary. Subsequently, the preceding mesh is suitably deformed so that its upper boundary matches the new location of the phreatic surface. This tactic results in a moving-mesh procedure which is continued until the nonlinear boundary conditions are fully satisfied at the phreatic boundary. To validate the developed algorithm, a number of seepage models, which have been previously targeted by the other investigators, are solved. Comparisons between the current results and those of other numerical methods as well as the experimental data show that the current moving-grid finite-volume method is highly robust and it provides sufficient accuracy and reliability. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

published proceedings

  • International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics

author list (cited authors)

  • Darbandi, M., Torabi, S. O., Saadat, M., Daghighi, Y., & Jarrahbashi, D

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Darbandi, M||Torabi, SO||Saadat, M||Daghighi, Y||Jarrahbashi, D

publication date

  • December 2007