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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Simple Method for Predicting Drainage from Field Plots1


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  1. Vol. 44 No. 6, p. 1147-1152
    Received: Nov 13, 1979
    Accepted: Aug 6, 1980

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  1. J. B. Sisson,
  2. A. H. Ferguson and
  3. M. Th. van Genuchten2



When the one-dimensional moisture flow equation is simplified by applying the unit gradient approximation, a first-order partial differential equation results. The first-order equation is hyperbolic and easily solved by the method of P. D. Lax. Three published K(θ) relationships were used to generate three analytical solutions for the drainage phase following infiltration. All three solutions produced straight lines or nearly straight lines when log of total water above a depth was plotted versus log of time. Several suggestions for obtaining the required parameters are presented and two example problems are included to demonstrate the accuracy and applicability of the method.

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