Main Flow Direction in Rock Masses

  • Laura ScesiEmail author
  • Paola Gattinoni


Aquifers, and aquifers in rock masses in particular, present a relevant heterogeneity in the study scale used to solve application problems (slope stability, road and tunnel construction, etc.). The presence of those heterogeneous features, often combined with a marked anisotropy of the medium, implies the need of a careful reconstruction of the hydrogeological structure, so to make the conceptual model acceptable and the forecast of the water flow reliable enough; usually, the waterflow is ruled by the orientation and the hydraulic features of the joints.


Rock Mass Hydraulic Conductivity Hydraulic Gradient Impermeable Layer Main Flow Direction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Environmental, Hydraulic Infrastructures and Surveying EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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