# CFD analysis of one-dimensional infiltration in vadose zone

Kiani, Nageena, Patel, Mayur and Lai, Choi-Hong
(2007)
*CFD analysis of one-dimensional infiltration in vadose zone.*
Journal of Algorithms & Computational Technology, 1 (4).
pp. 477-493.
ISSN 1748-3018
(doi:10.1260/174830107783133897)

## Abstract

This study presents a CFD analysis constructed around PHYSICA, an open framework for multi-physics computational continuum mechanics modelling, to investigate the water movement in unsaturated porous media. The modelling environment is based on a cell-centred finite-volume discretisation technique. A number of test cases are performed in order to validate the correct implementation of Richard's equation for compressible and incompressible fluids. The pressure head form of the equation is used together with the constitutive relationships between pressure, volumetric water content and hydraulic conductivity described by Haverkamp and Van Genuchten models. The flow problems presented are associated with infiltration into initially dry soils with homogeneous or layered geologic settings. Comparison of results with the problems selected from literature shows a good agreement and validates the approach and the implementation.

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