The complex variable boundary element method (CVBEM) is used instead of a real variable boundary element method due to the available modeling error evaluation techniques developed. The modeling accuracy is evaluated by the model-user in the determination of an approximative boundary upon which the CVBEM provides an exact solution. Although inhomogeneity (and anisotropy) can be included in the CVBEM model, the resulting fully populated matrix system quickly becomes large. Therefore in this paper, the domain is assumed homogeneous and isotropic except for differences in frozen and thawed conduction parameters on either side of the freezing front. The example problems presented were obtained by use of a popular 64K microcomputer (the current version of the program used in this study has the capacity to accommodate 30 nodal points).
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PREDICTING TWO-DIMENSIONAL STEADY-STATE SOIL FREEZING FRONTS USING THE CVBEM.