Methods and Models to Simulate the Groundwater Flow in Rock Masses

  • Laura ScesiEmail author
  • Paola Gattinoni


Moving from a qualitative to a quantitative interpretation of the groundwater flow in rock masses, which is fundamental in application problems (for example, to correlate groundwater flow in the rock mass with the development of slope instability phenomena), requires the development of a model of the groundwater flow within the discontinuity network, according to specific boundary conditions. Quite often, the complexity of the problem sets limits to its application. Actually, that approach is quite difficult due to the need to recreate a complex system such as that of the rock mass, where the availability of data in depth is often almost scarce, in particular if quite large areas are taken into consideration.


Hydraulic Conductivity Shear Zone Groundwater Flow Hydraulic Head Discrete Approach 
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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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