International journal of mine water

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 31–41 | Cite as

Ground water and geotechnical problems

  • L. Luckner


This paper is based on the Author's lectures presented during his stay as a Visiting Professor at The City University, London, in November 1982. Starting from a general view of the main problems, it describes the driving forces in hydro-geomechanical processes, especially the forces induced by pressure changes in the underground water. The estimation of the stresses and strains in the ground (soil and rock) requires the solution of coupled systems of equations of soil and ground water flow and geotechnical strain or failure of the ground. The paper describes in detail problems of regional ground subsidence due to pumping in open-cast mine areas and problems of estimation of seepage forces in saturated or unsaturated loose rocks with anisotropic conductivities and in fissured hard rocks with conductivities characterised by a tensor. Possibilities of the solution of those problems with analog and numerical models are briefly discussed.


Groundwater Level Effective Stress Slope Stability Land Subsidence Solid Skeleton 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Luckner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Grossräschen Institute for Lignite MiningGerman Democratic Republic
  2. 2.Department of Water AffairsDresden University of TechnologyGerman Democratic Republic

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