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Some new procedures for numerical solution of variably saturated flow problems


  • Richard L. Cooley


Persistent difficulties that arise in forming numerical solutions of variably saturated flow problems include controlling the stability of the nonlinear equation solvers and devising a reliable, yet efficient, method for determining the positions of seepage surfaces. New techniques for addressing these problems are applied to a subdomain finite element discretization of the governing flow equations. A series of test problems demonstrates that the techniques are reliable and efficient for a wide variety of problems.

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