Modified kostiakov infiltration function: Accounting for initial and boundary conditions

Alex Furman, A. W. Warrick, Dawit Zerihun, C. A. Sanchez

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Abstract

The effect of specific initial and boundary conditions is generally not considered when applying the Kostiakov infiltration functions. A methodology is developed to account for changes in water levels and initial soil moisture. First, Richards' equation is solved numerically to generate a database of one-dimensional infiltration values, with varying initial (water content or pressure head) and boundary (ponding depth) conditions for three contrasting soils. These are then used to calibrate corresponding coefficients for modified Kostiakov models and, by considering linear regressions, to obtain simple correction factors. Results show that the correction factors are not universally valid, and only the correction to the Kostiakov k parameter shows statistically consistent applicability. However, examples demonstrate potentially significant improvement in the accuracy of irrigation models by correcting the Kostiakov equation to account for initial and boundary conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-596
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Volume132
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

Keywords

  • Boundaries
  • Hydrologic models
  • Infiltration
  • Moisture content
  • Surface irrigation
  • Water flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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