HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Hi all,
I am attempting to simulate groundwater recharge to a shallow water table (initial water table depth = 75 cm below ground surface) in a 300 cm deep sandy loam soil profile. I have my simulation set to run for 1 year (8760 hours) with my upper boundary condition set as "Atmospheric BC with Surface Run Off" and my lower boundary condition set as "Variable Pressure Head". My profile is discretized such that FE nodes occur every 0.5 cm. As I do not know the initial pressure head, I set the pressure head at the ground surface to 0.001 (saturated conditions), 0 at the water table (75 cm), and ~225 at the lower boundary (300 cm). My goal is to compare observed versus simulated groundwater level fluctuations. However, after 3661 hours my model fails to converge.
I am wondering if anyone could help me see why my model will not converge. I have tried changing almost every parameters without success. Currently, I have my model set to no rootwater uptake, but have accounted for transpiration in my evaporation (evapotranspiration) value under variable boundary conditions. I have done this because I do not have enough information to estimate transpiration alone or the meteorological conditions, but am aware that it may not be an accurate representation of natural conditions.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have posted the model file on my dropbox account (link below).
Thanks so much,
Sarah
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wujowgj7uvfxtmc/B1.h1d?dl=0
I am attempting to simulate groundwater recharge to a shallow water table (initial water table depth = 75 cm below ground surface) in a 300 cm deep sandy loam soil profile. I have my simulation set to run for 1 year (8760 hours) with my upper boundary condition set as "Atmospheric BC with Surface Run Off" and my lower boundary condition set as "Variable Pressure Head". My profile is discretized such that FE nodes occur every 0.5 cm. As I do not know the initial pressure head, I set the pressure head at the ground surface to 0.001 (saturated conditions), 0 at the water table (75 cm), and ~225 at the lower boundary (300 cm). My goal is to compare observed versus simulated groundwater level fluctuations. However, after 3661 hours my model fails to converge.
I am wondering if anyone could help me see why my model will not converge. I have tried changing almost every parameters without success. Currently, I have my model set to no rootwater uptake, but have accounted for transpiration in my evaporation (evapotranspiration) value under variable boundary conditions. I have done this because I do not have enough information to estimate transpiration alone or the meteorological conditions, but am aware that it may not be an accurate representation of natural conditions.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have posted the model file on my dropbox account (link below).
Thanks so much,
Sarah
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wujowgj7uvfxtmc/B1.h1d?dl=0
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Hi Jirka,
I apologize for that. If you would please follow the link below, all of the input and output files are now available.
Thanks again for your time,
Sarah
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d21wf2qjxo04 ... R_7Pa?dl=0
I apologize for that. If you would please follow the link below, all of the input and output files are now available.
Thanks again for your time,
Sarah
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d21wf2qjxo04 ... R_7Pa?dl=0
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
The program crashes (does not converge) on day 3655. There is a simple reason for that. Until day 3655, your bottom pressure head is less than 300 cm, i.e., the groundwater level is below the soil surface. On day 3655 it is 21.2 cm below the surface. Starting on day 3653, you give bottom pressure head of 995 cm, which means that groundwater table is 695 cm above the soil surface. That does not seem very reasonable to me. J.
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Hi Jirka,
Thanks very much for your help.
First, I fixed the issue with the unrealistic change in pressure head. (I changed the depth of my soil profile at one point and must not have updated all of the GWL values.) Now that the pressure head is consistent, my model is actually crashing earlier, at hour 686. I've noticed in the T_Level.out file that the value for htop makes a large jump to a positive value where the model crashes. Does this signify that the influx of water to my model is too large relative to the outflux? As I mentioned previously, I have currently lumped evapotranspiration into the "evaporation" boundary condition and not specified rootwater uptake as I believe that I do not have enough information to correctly specify this parameter.
Second, would you recommend possibly changing my lower boundary condition to deep drainage, although I have hourly groundwater level observations for my period of record?
Third, I'm wondering if you would recommend using vBot or the pressure head of a node placed at the bottom of my profile to determine the height of the water table throughout the simulation?
Last, my ultimate goal is to compare recharge for scenarios of varying water table depth and soil zone thickness in fractured bedrock. For this reason, I am wondering if it is feasible to create a model with both single and dualporosity layers (i.e. soil zone with underlying fractured bedrock).
If you wouldn't mind taking a look at my model, which is still not converging, I would greatly appreciate it. The link can be found below. Like many users who post on this forum, I am new to HYDRUS and I greatly appreciate your time and patience.
Thanks in advance,
Sarah
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/70dlrwbrac3i ... bHi4a?dl=0
Thanks very much for your help.
First, I fixed the issue with the unrealistic change in pressure head. (I changed the depth of my soil profile at one point and must not have updated all of the GWL values.) Now that the pressure head is consistent, my model is actually crashing earlier, at hour 686. I've noticed in the T_Level.out file that the value for htop makes a large jump to a positive value where the model crashes. Does this signify that the influx of water to my model is too large relative to the outflux? As I mentioned previously, I have currently lumped evapotranspiration into the "evaporation" boundary condition and not specified rootwater uptake as I believe that I do not have enough information to correctly specify this parameter.
Second, would you recommend possibly changing my lower boundary condition to deep drainage, although I have hourly groundwater level observations for my period of record?
Third, I'm wondering if you would recommend using vBot or the pressure head of a node placed at the bottom of my profile to determine the height of the water table throughout the simulation?
Last, my ultimate goal is to compare recharge for scenarios of varying water table depth and soil zone thickness in fractured bedrock. For this reason, I am wondering if it is feasible to create a model with both single and dualporosity layers (i.e. soil zone with underlying fractured bedrock).
If you wouldn't mind taking a look at my model, which is still not converging, I would greatly appreciate it. The link can be found below. Like many users who post on this forum, I am new to HYDRUS and I greatly appreciate your time and patience.
Thanks in advance,
Sarah
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/70dlrwbrac3i ... bHi4a?dl=0
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
I’m on vacations in Europe and thus will not have time to look at your files until I get back to US on the Labor Day weekend. J.
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Hi Jirka,
Thanks for your reply. If you won't have time until September, then don't worry about it. I have to finish this project by the end of August. I will try to figure out the issue or just use a different code.
Thanks,
Sarah
Thanks for your reply. If you won't have time until September, then don't worry about it. I have to finish this project by the end of August. I will try to figure out the issue or just use a different code.
Thanks,
Sarah
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Hi Jirka,
I ended up putting this project on hold for a few weeks. When you get back from your holiday and have a moment, I would be pleased if you would still take a look at my files and answer my questions from the previous post.
Thanks so much,
Sarah
I ended up putting this project on hold for a few weeks. When you get back from your holiday and have a moment, I would be pleased if you would still take a look at my files and answer my questions from the previous post.
Thanks so much,
Sarah
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
You have 3 m deep soil profile and then after day 725 you specify the bottom BC with values larger than 3 m. That would obviously meant that the entire profile is saturated and that there is even some water standing at the soil surface, while additionally adding water by precipitation. HYDRUS is not intended for problems like that. J.
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Hi Jirka,
Ok thanks for the information. There were other periods in the time series where the water table surpassed ground surface and the model did not crash, so the precipitation rate or duration must be higher in this instance.
I was also wondering if it is possible to create a twolayer model with both single and dualporosity layers (i.e. soil zone with underlying fractured bedrock).
Thanks,
Sarah
Ok thanks for the information. There were other periods in the time series where the water table surpassed ground surface and the model did not crash, so the precipitation rate or duration must be higher in this instance.
I was also wondering if it is possible to create a twolayer model with both single and dualporosity layers (i.e. soil zone with underlying fractured bedrock).
Thanks,
Sarah
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Yes. You can set up dualporosity model for all layers and then simply make the mass transfer equal to zero, to convert it (in any layer) to a singleporosity model. J.
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Ok, thank you very much!
Here is my final question  would recommend using vBot or the pressure head of a node placed at the bottom of my profile to determine the height of the water table throughout the simulation?
Regards,
Sarah
Here is my final question  would recommend using vBot or the pressure head of a node placed at the bottom of my profile to determine the height of the water table throughout the simulation?
Regards,
Sarah
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
Certainly the pressure head. Flux tells you nothing about the position of the water table. J.
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
I have a question similar to this..
Will a dualporosity model work like a single porosity model if I set w2 for the second soil type to be zero? Thank you very much in advance!
Julia
 Attachments

 SELECTORref.txt
 (1.77 KiB) Downloaded 111 times

 SELECTOR.txt
 (1.85 KiB) Downloaded 116 times
Re: HYDRUS 1D Model Fails to Converge
It very likely will. Why wouldn't you simply test it yourself? J.