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One-dimensional simulation of solute transfer in saturated–unsaturated porous media using the discontinuous finite elements method

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E.B. Diaw
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Francois Lehmann
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Philippe Ackerer
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Abstract

A one-dimensional transport model for simulating water flow and solute transport in homogeneous-heterogeneous, saturated-unsaturated porous media is presented. The model is composed of a combination of accurate numerical algorithms for solving the non linear Richards’ and advection-dispersion equations (ADE). The mixed form of Richards’ equation is solved using a standard finite element method (FEM) with primary variable switching. The transport equation is solved using operator splitting, with discontinuous finite elements method (DFE) for the discretization of the advective term. A slope limiting procedure for DFE avoids numerical instabilities but creates very limited numerical dispersion for high Peclet numbers. An implicit finite differences scheme (FD) is used for the dispersive term. The unsaturated flow and transport model (Wamos-T) is applied to a variety of rigorous problems including transient flow, heterogeneous medium and abrupt variations of velocity in magnitude and direction due to time varying boundary conditions. It produces accurate and mass-conservative solutions for a very large range of grid Peclet numbers. Wamos-T model is a good and robust alternative for the simulation of mass transport in unsaturated domain.
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hal-03200878 , version 1 (16-04-2021)

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E.B. Diaw, Francois Lehmann, Philippe Ackerer. One-dimensional simulation of solute transfer in saturated–unsaturated porous media using the discontinuous finite elements method. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 2001, 51 (3-4), pp.197-213. ⟨10.1016/S0169-7722(01)00129-2⟩. ⟨hal-03200878⟩
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