1. General Model Information

Name: Gas Diffusion Model

Acronym: GDM

Main medium: terrestrial
Main subject: biogeochemistry
Organization level: ecosystem
Type of model: partial differential equations (finite differences)
Main application:
Keywords: gas diffusion, atmospheric-soil interactions


Gordon Hutchinson
USDA-ARS-NPA Soil Plant and Nutrient Research
P.O. Box E
Federal Building
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Phone: 970-490-8240
Fax: 970-490-8213
email: glhutch@lamar.colostate.edu


Richard W. Healy


The Gas Diffusion Model simulates the diffusion of various gases through the soil. The model is based on a numerical solution of discrete-finite difference approximations of a one or two dimensional diffusion equation. The model is designed around a block center grid approach which results in a matrix equation solved using the preconditioned conjugate gradients method. The model uses a 6 second time step executed over a 30 minute time period.

Validation Procedures: Model is verified by comparison of numerical and analytical solutions for cases of molecular diffusion, two-dimensional heat transfer, and axisymmetric radial saturated fluid flow.

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II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): UNIX workstation or on a IBM PC (PC runtime is about two hours for a 30 minute time interval simulation)

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): FORTRAN 77

II.3 Manuals:

II.4 Data:

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

Parameters for mass concentration, thermal gradients,

III.2.1 Input

Parameters for mass concentration, thermal gradients,constants of proportionality, constant-flux nodes, time step, and iteration Mass balance for each time step, including mass in and out of fixed

III.2.2 Output

Mass balance for each time step, including mass in and out of fixedconcentration nodes, mass in and out of fixed flux nodes, changes in storage, mass balance, andrelative error.

Temporal Scale: from one-tenth minute time step to 30 minute intervals.

Spatial Scale: Point

IV. References

Initial model described in
A.L. Ishii, R.W. Healy, K.G. Striegl. 1989 A Numerical Solution for the Diffusion Equation in Hydrologic Systems. USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report. 89-4027.

V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

VI. Additional remarks

This model is useful for the study of atmospheric-soil interactions. Itis a fairly complex model with respect to the mathematics employed. There areseveral unique features of the model that can be applied to otherdispersion/diffusion problems. The model uses a discrete finite-difference approximation method rather than the traditional linear diffusion equations. By employing a grid arrangement, calculations are made using linear algebra anda preconditioned conjugate gradient method which avoids the need to estimate iterative parameters.

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