Analysis of seepage in a laboratory scaled model using passive optical fiber distributed temperature sensor
ID Ghafoori, Yaser (Author), ID Maček, Matej (Author), ID Vidmar, Andrej (Author), ID Říha, Jaromir (Author), ID Kryžanowski, Andrej (Author)

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Seepage is the key factor in the safety of dikes and earth-fill dams. It is crucial to identify and localize the seepage excesses at the early stages before it initiates the internal erosion process in the structure. A proper seepage monitoring system should ensure a continuous and wide area seepage measurement. Here, continuous monitoring of seepage at the laboratory-scale is achieved by a passive optical fiber Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) system. An experimental model was designed which consists of initially unsaturated sand model, water supply, seepage outflow, optical fiber DTS system, and water and air temperature measurement. Initially, the sand temperature was higher than the temperature of the seepage water. An optical fiber DTS system was employed with a high-temperature resolution, short sampling intervals and short time intervals for temperature monitoring in the sand model. In the system, the small variation in the temperature due to groundwater flow was detected. The numerical analysis was conducted for both the seepage process and the heat transfer progression in the sand model. The results of the heat flow simulation were evaluated and compared with the measured temperature by the optical fiber DTS. Obvious temperature reduction was obtained due to seepage propagation in the sand. The rate of temperature reduction was observed to be dependent on the seepage flow velocity.

Keywords:seepage, optical fiber DTS, temperature, saturation, flow velocity, hydrotecnics
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FGG - Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:16 str.
Numbering:Vol. 12, iss. 2, art. 367
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-128466 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2073-4441
DOI:10.3390/w12020367 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:18390531 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:14.07.2021
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Shortened title:Water
Publisher:Molecular Diversity Preservation International - MDPI
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Licensing start date:01.02.2020

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Keywords:precejanje, temperatura, nasičenost, hitrost toka, hidrotehnika


Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P2-0180
Name:Vodarstvo in geotehnika: orodja in metode za analize in simulacije procesov ter razvoj tehnologij

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