Tuesday, July 23, 2013

1307.5372 (Yixiang Gan et al.)

A Particle-Water Based Model for Water Retention Hysteresis    [PDF]

Yixiang Gan, Federico Maggi, Giuseppe Buscarnera, Itai Einav
A particle-water discrete element-based approach to describe water movement in partially saturated granular media is presented and tested. Water potential is governed by both capillary bridges, dominant at low saturations, and pressure of entrapped air, dominant at high saturations. The approach captures the hysteresis of water retention during wetting and drainage by introducing local evolution of liquid-solid contact angles at the level of pores and grains. Next, extensive comparisons against experimental data are presented. While this is made without involving any fitting parameters, the method demonstrates relative high success by achieving a correlation coefficient of at least 82%, and mostly above 90%.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.5372

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