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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

In-Situ Determination of Soil Hydraulic Properties during Drainage1


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  1. Vol. 47 No. 4, p. 619-624
    Received: July 20, 1982
    Accepted: Jan 3, 1983

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  1. J. H. Dane and
  2. S. Hruska2



In-situ soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity relations were determined for two soils from knowledge of initial and boundary conditions and water content profiles during drainage. Empirical relations were assumed for each soil between volumetric water content (θ) and soil water pressure head (h), and between hydraulic conductivity (K) and θ. Assigning values to the parameters in these relations made it possible to solve the general water flow equation for the same initial and boundary conditions as encountered in the drainage experiments. Calculated water content profiles were compared with measured water content profiles at corresponding times. Differences in measured and calculated θ values provided information for changes to be made in the parameters. This procedure was repeated until a satisfactory agreement was found and the determined relations apparently represented the soils in question.

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