Moving boundary problems in earth-surface dynamics

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This paper illustrates a novel two-dimensional moving boundary problem describing the evolution of a sediment fan in a closed depositional basin. This problem is analogous to a point source melting problem with zero latent heat and a space dependent melting temperature. A simple time explicit numerical solution scheme is developed. The performance of the solution is checked against measurements taken from a sediment fan build in a laboratory scale experiment. Results indicate that the proposed model has promise but further work is required to characterize the nature of the sediment diffusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalComputational and Experimental Methods
StatePublished - 2004
EventSeventh International Conference on Computational Modelling of Free and Moving Boundary Problems, Moving Boundaries VII - Santa Fe, NM, United States
Duration: Nov 4 2003Nov 6 2003


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