Math. J. Interdiscip. Sci.

Homotopy Analysis Approach of Boussinesq Equation for Infiltration Phenomenon in Unsaturated Porous Medium

Mahendra A Patel and N B Desai

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Groundwater, Infiltration, Unsaturated soil, Homotopy analysis method

PUBLISHED DATE September 6, 2018
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Boussinesq’s equation is one-dimensional nonlinear partial differential equation which represents the infiltration phenomenon. This equation is frequently used to study the infiltration phenomenon in unsaturated porous medium. Infiltration is the process in which the groundwater of the water reservoir has entered in the unsaturated soil through vertical permeable wall. An approximate analytical solution of nonlinear partial differential equation is presented by homotopy analysis method. The convergence of homotopy analysis solution is discussed by choosing proper value of convergence control parameter. The solution represents the height of free surface of infiltrated water.

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