Open Science Research Excellence
@article{(International Science Index):http://waset.org/publications/7658,
  title    = {Comparison of Finite Difference Schemes for Water Flow in Unsaturated Soils},
  author    = {H. Taheri Shahraiyni and  B. Ataie Ashtiani},
  country   = {},
  institution={},
  abstract  = {Flow movement in unsaturated soil can be expressed
by a partial differential equation, named Richards equation. The
objective of this study is the finding of an appropriate implicit
numerical solution for head based Richards equation. Some of the
well known finite difference schemes (fully implicit, Crank Nicolson
and Runge-Kutta) have been utilized in this study. In addition, the
effects of different approximations of moisture capacity function,
convergence criteria and time stepping methods were evaluated. Two
different infiltration problems were solved to investigate the
performance of different schemes. These problems include of vertical
water flow in a wet and very dry soils. The numerical solutions of
two problems were compared using four evaluation criteria and the
results of comparisons showed that fully implicit scheme is better
than the other schemes. In addition, utilizing of standard chord slope
method for approximation of moisture capacity function, automatic
time stepping method and difference between two successive
iterations as convergence criterion in the fully implicit scheme can
lead to better and more reliable results for simulation of fluid
movement in different unsaturated soils.},
    journal   = {International Journal of Mathematical, Computational, Physical, Electrical and Computer Engineering},  volume    = {2},
  number    = {4},
  year      = {2008},
  pages     = {226 - 230},
  ee        = {http://waset.org/publications/7658},
  url       = {http://waset.org/Publications?p=16},
  bibsource = {http://waset.org/Publications},
  issn      = {eISSN:1307-6892},
  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
  index     = {International Science Index 16, 2008},
}