TY - EJOU
AU - Zhou, Dong
AU - Tan, Zhuoying
TI - On the Application of the Lattice Boltzmann Method to Predict Soil Meso Seepage Characteristics
T2 - Fluid Dynamics \& Materials Processing
PY - 2020
VL - 16
IS - 5
SN - 1555-2578
AB - In this study, a two-dimensional approach is elaborated to study with
the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) the seepage of water in the pores of a soil.
Firstly, the D2Q9 model is selected to account for the discrete velocity distribution of water flow. In particular, impermeability is considered as macroscopic
boundary condition for the left and right domain sides, while the upper and lower
boundaries are assumed to behave as pressure boundaries controlled by different
densities. The micro-boundary conditions are implemented through the standard
rebound strategy and a non-equilibrium extrapolation scheme. Matlab is used
for the development of the related algorithm. Finally, the influence of porosity,
permeability, osmotic pressure and other factors is assessed with regard to seepage
characteristics and the ensuing results are compared with Darcy’s law. The computations show that, for fixed initial conditions, the pore structure has a certain
influence on the local velocity of seepage, but the overall state is stable, and
the average velocity of each layer is the same. The larger the pore passage is,
the faster the flow velocity is, and vice versa. For low permeability, the numerical
results are consistent with the Darcy's law. The greater the pressure difference
between the inlet and outlet of seepage, the greater the seepage rate. The relationship between them is linear (yet in good agreement with Darcy’s law).
KW - Lattice Boltzmann method; numerical simulation; seepage field; porosity; Darcy’s law
DO - 10.32604/fdmp.2020.010363