A random-walk model for pore pressure accumulation in marine soils

B. Mutlu Sumer, Niang-Sheng Cheng

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    A numerical random-walk model has been developed for the pore-water pressure. The model is based on the analogy between the variation of the pore pressure and the diffusion process of any passive quantity such as concentration. The pore pressure in the former process is analogous to the concentration in the latter. In the simulation, particles are released in the soil, and followed as they travel through the statistical field variables. The model has been validated (1) against the Terzaghi consolidation process, and (2) against the process where the pore pressure builds up under progressive waves. The model will apparently enable the researcher to handle complex geometries (such as a pipeline buried in a soil) relatively easily. Early results with regard to the latter example, namely the buildup of pore pressure around a buried pipeline subject to a progressive wave, are encouraging.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth (1999) Conf. of ISOPE, vol. I
    Place of PublicationColorado
    Publication date1999
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    Event9th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference - Brest, France
    Duration: 30 May 19994 Jun 1999


    Conference9th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference

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