Periodic freezing of water and melting of ice in asphalt as a porous medium subject to diurnal step temperature oscillations

Cristina Pilar Martin Linares, Chun-Hsing Ho, Peter Vadasz

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The analysis and solution to a variation of the classical Stefan-Neumann problem of melting and solidification in a porous medium is presented in this paper. The specific novel aspect in this paper is the subjecting of the top boundary to periodic freezing and melting conditions and the application of the latter to water saturated asphalt. The results show as anticipated by the analysis a sequence of chasing fronts from the surface to the interior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7961-7968
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Heat Transfer Conference
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event16th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC 2018 - Beijing, China
Duration: Aug 10 2018Aug 15 2018



  • Freezing
  • Nonlinear thermal fluid phenomena
  • Porous media
  • Stefan problem
  • Temperature oscillations
  • Thawing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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