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A mathematical treatment of the initial stages of drying of a soil column


, : A mathematical treatment of the initial stages of drying of a soil column. Soil Science Society of America Journal 44(2): 235-237

A nonlinear diffusion equation governing the initial stages of drying of a soil column is numerically integrated using a method designed to adjust the time step to compensate for steep moisture content gradients. A balance of mass check is used to determine when the simulation becomes invalid. Resulting tables of relative moisture depletion are given for various soils and drying rates.

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