Project Action B2

Prototype validation in laboratory environment

A prototype of the technology is being built in the laboratories of the DICAM Department, University of Bologna. The testing equipment consists of a large Plexiglas box filled with sand of the Padano Aquifer, with the aim of modelling as close as possible the typical stratigraphic conditions beneath the embankments of the Po river. A hydraulic load is applied in order to induce a water seepage in the sandy sample, capable of triggering piping. The experimental programme underway is intended to test effectiveness of the mitigation measure against piping and to identify the best configuration of the solution. A variety of configurations and component properties are investigated in order to support implementation in operational environment.

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