PLAXIS 3D PlaxFlow

Complex 3D groundwater flow analysis made easy

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3D PlaxFlow is an add-on module to PLAXIS 3D. Groundwater flow is an important issue in many engineering fields such as geotechnical, environmental and hydrological engineering. In order to take groundwater flow into account in geotechnical software applications, advanced models for the simulation of the unsaturated, time-dependent and anisotropic behaviour of soil are required.


Steady state or time dependent groundwater

While the PLAXIS software by default includes options to perform steady state groundwater flow analysis, the PlaxFlow module enables users to perform time dependent groundwater analysis in a user-friendly and efficient manner.

Full coupling or ignore soil deformation entirely

Fully coupled flow-deformation analyses can be performed, allowing simultaneous calculation of changes in pore pressures and deformation which may affect each other. If users are only interested in groundwater flow, the Flow-only mode allows displacements and stresses to be excluded from the calculation.


Key Benefits

Predefined properties for unsaturated soil behaviour

PLAXIS offers various predefined properties to define the unsaturated soil behaviour, according to common soil classification system for example Hypres, USDA and Staring. Predefined data sets for the Van Genuchten and Approximate Van Genuchten model are available for all types of soil. For experts on groundwater flow modelling, Van Genuchten model parameters can be entered manually, or user defined relationships between groundwater head, permeability and saturation can be entered.

Time dependent flow boundary conditions

Users can assign time dependent variation or fluxes to water levels, model boundaries, or soil boundaries to simulate various complex hydrological conditions. The input of the time dependant properties are based on harmonic, linear, or table functions. This allows the modelling of seasonal variations of river water level behind embankments and their effect on the overall slope stability. Precipitation, wells and drains can be included in the model, allowing pumping tests or other hydrological applications to be modelled.


Features

Modelling

  • Mine and pit dewatering
  • Full range of time dependant flow boundary conditions
  • Time dependent boundary conditions (linear, harmonic and user defined)
  • Rayleigh damping (aR and ßR) per material data set for soil layers and structures
  • Bishop stress and suction as state variables for unsaturated soil models

Applications

  • Staged construction in time
  • Soils with collapse risks (compacted soils)
  • Slope stability analysis (landslides, effect of environment (rain, flooding etc.) on slope stability)
  • Simulations of unsaturated soil behaviour
  • Earth and rockfill dams (time dependent problems)
  • Drainage systems
  • Analysis of rapid drawdown situations

Calculations

  • Possibility to simulate mechanical behaviour of partially saturated soils in all existing types of calculations (plastic, safety, dynamics and consolidation analyses)
  • Possibility to perform fully coupled flow-deformation analysis
  • Option for Flow Only calculation
  • Automatic time stepping for fully coupled flow-deformation and groundwater flow analyses

Results

  • Suction
  • Groundwater head
  • Flow results in addition to displacements and stresses
  • Degree of saturation
  • Darcy’s velocities

Pricing

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    This license can be installed and used on one computer.


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    Network or local. Subscribers have access to the software for the duration of the subscription period.

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