## Nodes discretization for infiltration in mining dumps

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Tiaren García-Perez
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### Nodes discretization for infiltration in mining dumps

Hello,

I've been using Hydrus 1D to estimate infiltration in dumps, with long columns (40 meters) for 500 years. My current problem is that using different nodes (800, 900, 1000) the results in terms of the infiltration are different. Could you help me, please?

Cheers,

Jirka
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### Re: Nodes discretization for infiltration in mining dumps

There is rarely the need to have so many nodes. It is important to have finer discretization close to the surface where the larger gradients are. Check the mass balance errors.

http://www.pc-progress.com/Documents/No ... zation.pdf

J.

Tiaren García-Perez
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Location: Chile

### Re: Nodes discretization for infiltration in mining dumps

Dear Jirek,

Thank you very much for your answer! yes, I refined the mesh in the surface, but the results changed depending on the number of nodes.
In this case, I'm using a suction curve representing a coarse material, I guess that is the problem together with the large size of the column.

Does the 2D software have a limitation in the number of nodes?

We are thinking in getting a license.

Cheers!

Tiaren

Jirka
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### Re: Nodes discretization for infiltration in mining dumps

The memory in HYDRUS (2D/3D) is allocated dynamically depending on the need. I.e., there is a limit only with respect to the memory of the computer and memory addressing. I have run simulations with over one million nodes (which are admittedly quite slow). Typical problems would be below 100k nodes, and that is quite doable. J.