A fully coupled consolidation model of the subsidence of Venice

R. W. Lewis, B. Schrefler

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The subsidence of Venice, a well‐known historical town in Italy, is caused by the extensive withdrawal of groundwater in its industrial area, Marghera. A fully coupled finite element consolidation model is presented to simulate the subsidence and the piezometric decline in the considered area. The model shows clearly the short time delay between changes in the withdrawal rate in Marghera and the resulting hydraulic head decline and subsidence in Venice. A comparison is also made between the coupled model and an analysis in which the flow region was analyzed separately from the subsidence calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalWater Resources Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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