Last Updated July 17, 2017
The hydraulic conductivity of the soil is a function of the negative pore-water pressure in the unsaturated regions. The rate of change in water content is dependent on the pore-water pressure during transient processes. Hydraulic conductivity can be defined as anisotropic in two orthogonal directions.
The nonlinear nature of the finite element equations is handled using an efficient radial search iterative scheme. Graphing tools are available at run-time to help you judge if convergence has been achieved. This has proved to be extremely useful in solving highly nonlinear flow systems.
SEEP/W computes the total flux across single or multiple lines drawn through the mesh.
Excess pore-water pressures generated by static loading (e.g., fill placement) or by dynamic motion during an earthquake can be brought into SEEP/W to study how long it takes to dissipate the excess pressures.
Using finite element computed pore-water pressures in SLOPE/W makes it possible to deal with highly irregular saturated/unsaturated conditions or transient pore-water pressure conditions in a stability analysis. For example, you can analyze changes in stability as the pore-water pressure changes with time.
Use SEEP/W data inside a CTRAN/W model for contaminant transport, or a TEMP/W model for convective heat transfer analysis.