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Efficient method for simulating gravity-dominated water flow in unsaturated soils

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Ewen


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Numerical convergence difficulties associated with nonlinearity in the hydraulic property functions are often encountered when simulating gravity-dominated water flow in unsaturated soils using Richards' equation. A new approach for approximating the gravity term in Richard's equation is developed. Tests on a wide variety of soils show it is superior to existing Picard and Newton approaches. It is more reliable and efficient and allows larger time steps to be used.

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Author(s): Zhang X, Ewen J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Water Resources Research

Year: 2000

Volume: 36

Issue: 9

Pages: 2777-2780

Print publication date: 01/09/2000

ISSN (print): 0043-1397

ISSN (electronic): 1944-7973

Publisher: American Geophysical Union


DOI: 10.1029/2000WR900182


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