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Ammonia Volatilization from Flooded Soil Systems: A Computer Model. I. Theoretical Aspects


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  1. Vol. 54 No. 5, p. 1447-1455
    Received: Jan 17, 1989

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  1. G. R. Jayaweera  and
  2. D. S. Mikkelsen
  1. Dep. of Land, Air, and Water Resources, Univ. of California, Davis, CA 95616
    Dep. of Agronomy and Range Science, Univ. of California, Davis



Ammonia volatilization from flooded rice (Oryza sativa L.) is a major mechanism for N loss and poor fertilizer use efficiency. Ammonia volatilization is influenced by five primary factors: NH4-N concentration, pH, temperature, depth of floodwater, and wind speed. This NH3-volatilization model is based on chemical and volatilization aspects. The chemical aspects of the model deal with the NH4/NH3(aq) equilibrium in floodwater. Ammonium ions undergo dissociation with a first-order rate constant, while NH3(aq) and H undergo a diffusion-controlled association reaction with a second-order rate constant. The transfer of NH3 across the water-air interface of flooded soil systems is characterized by a first-order volatilization rate constant. By utilizing the chemical dynamics of the NH4/NH3(aq) system in association with transfer of gaseous NH3 across the interface, an equation was derived to determine the rate of NH3 volatilization from flooded systems as a function of the five primary factors. The chemical aspects of the model include the derivation of association and dissociation rate constants. The volatilization aspects of the model, which is based on the two-film theory, allows it to compute the volatilization rate constant for NH3. Expressions are derived to compute the Henry's law constant, gas-phase and liquidphase exchange constant, and the overall mass-transfer coefficient for NH3.

Contribution from the Dep. of Agronomy and Range Science, Univ. of California, Davis.

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