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Title: A Compact Weighing Lysimeter to Estimate the Water Infiltration Rate in Agricultural Soils
Authors: Ávila Dávila, Laura
Soler Méndez, Manuel
Bautista Capetillo, Carlos Francisco
González Trinidad, Julian
Junez Ferreira, Hugo Enrique
Robles Rovelo, Cruz Octavio
Molina Martínez, José Miguel
Issue Date: Jan-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Infiltration estimation is made by tests such as concentric cylinders, which are prone to errors, such as the lateral movement under the ring. Several possibilities have been developed over the last decades to compensate these errors, which are based on physical, electronic, and mathematical principles. In this research, two approaches are proposed to measure the water infiltration rate in a silty loam soil by means of the mass values of a lysimeter weighing under rainfall conditions and different moisture contents. Based on the fact that with the lysimeter it is possible to determine acting soil flows very precisely, then with the help of mass conservation and assuming a downward vertical movement, 12 rain events were analyzed. In addition, it was possible to monitor the behavior of soil moisture and to establish the content at field capacity from the values of the weighing lysimeter, from which both approach are based. The infiltration rate of these events showed a variable rate at the beginning of the rainfall until reaching a maximum, to descend to a stable or basic rate. This basic infiltration rate was 1.49 ± 0.36 mm/h, and this is because soils with fine textures have reported low infiltration capacity. Four empirical or semi-empirical models of infiltration were calibrated with the values obtained with our approaches, showing a better fit with the Horton’s model.
ISSN: 2073-4395
Other Identifiers: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
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