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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Automatic Acquisition of Data from Tensiometers with Mercury Manometers


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  1. Vol. 57 No. 3, p. 689-690
    Received: July 13, 1992

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  1. O. Atteia and
  2. J. P. Dubois 
  1. Polytechnical Institute of Lausanne, IATE-Pedologie, 1015 Ecublens, Switzerland



Knowledge of soil matric potential gradient is essential to calculate water fluxes in soils. This gradient is generally measured with tensiometers. We present a new device for automatically measuring matric potential accurately and cheaply. The basic component is an inductive sensor that runs up and down the tensiometer's tubing. An endless screw and a stepping motor connected to an acquisition data box precisely control the vertical movement of the sensor. After 1 yr of testing, this apparatus has proved to be as accurate as the classic techniques.

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