Enthalpy Solver

General Informations

  • Solver Fortran File: EnthalpySolver.f90
  • Solver Name: EnthalpySolver
  • Required Output Variable(s): Enthalpy_h, Phase Change Enthalpy, Temperature and Water Content
  • Required Input Variable(s): a velocity field
  • Optional Output Variable(s): None
  • Optional Input Variable(s): None

General Description

Solves the enthalpy equation:

rho {{\partial H}/{\partial t}} + rho u .grad H = div(k grad H) + tr (sigma epsilon) + Q_lat


  • H is the enthalpy variable
  • rho is the ice density
  • u is the ice velocity vector
  • k is the enthalpy diffusivity
  • tr (sigma epsilon) the strain heating
  • Q_lat a complementary source term accounting for melt water refreezing

Enthalpy is defined as a function of the water content omega and the temperature T, such that:

If H < H_f, then H(T, omega) = int_T0^T C_p (T) dT

If H > H_f, then H(T, omega) = int_T0^Tm C_p (T) dT + omega L


  • H_f is the enthalpy of fusion, defined from the fusion temperature according to the pressure dependent Clausius-Clapeyron relationship.
  • C_p is the temperature dependant heat capacity, defined as C_p = AT+B
  • L is the latent heat of fusion

For the boundary conditions, a flux (Enthalpy Heat Flux) has the same meaning than for the temperature solver (W/m2). For a Dirichlet boundary condition on the enthalpy variable, the same definition as in the solver has to be used, i.e. H(T, omega) = int_T0^T C_p (T) dT. See example below.

SIF contents

In this example, ice velocity are in m/s and pressure en MPa.

Solver 2
  Equation = String "Enthalpy Equation"
  Procedure = File "ElmerIceSolvers" "EnthalpySolver"
  Variable = String "Enthalpy_h"
  Linear System Solver = "Iterative"
  Linear System Iterative Method = "BiCGStab"
  Linear System Max Iterations = 500
  Linear System Convergence Tolerance = 1.0E-07
  Linear System Abort Not Converged = True
  Linear System Preconditioning = "ILU0"
  Linear System Residual Output = 1
  Steady State Convergence Tolerance = 1.0E-04
  Nonlinear System Convergence Tolerance = 1.0E-03
  Nonlinear System Max Iterations = 10
  Nonlinear System Relaxation Factor = Real 1.0

  Apply Dirichlet = Logical True
  Stabilize = True

  Exported Variable 1 = String "Phase Change Enthalpy" ! (J kg-1)
  Exported Variable 1 DOFs = 1

  Exported Variable 2 = String "Water Content" ! (%)
  Exported Variable 2 DOFs = 1

  Exported Variable 3 = String "temperature" ! (°C)
  Exported Variable 3 DOFs = 1

 T_ref_enthalpy = real 200.0 !(J kg-1)
 L_heat = real 334000.0 !(J kg-1)
 ! Cp(T) = A*T + B
 Enthalpy Heat Capacity A = real 7.253 !(J kg-1 K-2)
 Enthalpy Heat Capacity B = real 146.3 !(J kg-1 K-1)
 P_triple = real 0.061173 !Triple point pressure for water (MPa)
 P_surf = real 0.1013 ! Surface atmospheric pressure(MPa)
 beta_clapeyron = real 0.0974 ! clausus clapeyron relationship (K MPa-1)

Body Force 1
  Heat Source = real 0.0

Material 1
  Enthalpy Density = real 917.0 !(kg m-3)
  Enthalpy Heat Diffusivity = Real $2.1/2050.0 ! = k / Cp (kg m-1 s-1)
  Enthalpy Water Diffusivity = real 1.045e-4 ! (kg m-1 s-1)

! bed rock interface
Boundary Condition 1
  Target Boundaries = 1
  Velocity 1 = Real 0.0
  Velocity 2 = Real 0.0
  Velocity 3 = Real 0.0

  Enthalpy Heat Flux BC = logical True
  Enthalpy Heat Flux = real 0.02 !(W m-2)

! Upper Surface
Boundary Condition 2
  Target Boundaries = 2
  Enthalpy_h = variable coordinate 3
    real MATC "25000.0/150.0*(tx-3250)+140000.0" ! (J kg-1)


An example solving for the enthalpy within the Tete Rousse glacier assuming an elevation dependent enthalpy at the upper surface can be found in [ELMER_TRUNK]/elmerice/Tests/Enthalpy.


Gilbert, A., O. Gagliardini, C. Vincent, and P. Wagnon, 2014. A 3-D thermal regime model suitable for cold accumulation zones of polythermal mountain glaciers, J. Geophys. Res. Earth Surf., 119, doi:10.1002/2014JF003199.

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