Authors: Protić, Milan
Stanković, Miomir 
Mttić, Dragan
Todorović, Branimir
Title: Application of fractional calculus in ground heat flux estimation
Journal: Thermal Science
Volume: 16
Issue: 2
First page: 373
Last page: 384
Issue Date: 14-Nov-2012
Rank: M23
ISSN: 0354-9836
DOI: 10.2298/TSCI110131075P
Abstract: 
Ground (soil) heat flux is important physicalfactor primarily because of its role in surface energy balance, analysis of atmospheric boundary layer, and land sur- face-atmosphere interaction. Direct measurement of this property is often associated with difficulties arising from need for adequate calibration of measuring devices, determination of proper depth for probes, upward water migration, and accumulation below measuring plates to lack of understanding of the governing thermal processes occurring at the ground surface. In the following paper approach for inferring heat flux indirectly, from known ground surface temperature time-dependantfunctions, using previously developedfractional diffusion equation for ground heat conduction is elaborated. Fractional equation is solved for two, most frequently encountered harmonic surface temperature functions. Yielded results were compared with analytic solutions. Validation results indicate that solutions obtained with fractional approach closely correspond to analytic solutions with remark that former are more general, containing the term covering the transitional effect.
Keywords: Fractional calculus | Fractional diffusion equation | Ground heat flux
Publisher: VINČA Institute of Nuclear Sciences

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