The improved iterative method for the simultaneous determination of the hydraulic properties of growing media from One-Step experiment by Bibbiani, is performed and compared with simplified equations by Valiantzas and Londra. Brooks and Corey equation for water retention, and Kozeny power equation for hydraulic conductivity characterized the hydraulic properties of the porous media. The iterative procedure is applied on pure peat, pumice, and their mixes. The One- Step method has been previously optimized: processing the mean cumulative outflow curves recorded versus time, an estimation of diffusivity, and therefore of the hydraulic functions, is derived. Estimated water retention curve is compared with nine experimental data, and with the estimation of the Van Genuchten model, via the RETC code. Bibbiani’s and Van Genuchten’s models overlap except for the “very wet” range near saturation, whereas the Valiantzas and Londra’s procedure didn’t get satisfactory results. In regard to diffusivity, a good similarity between Bibbiani’s and Van Genuchten-Mualem’s curves can be assessed, while Valiantzas and Londra’s procedure generally results in higher values. Due to the lack of estimation of the water retention curve, Valiantzas and Londra’s procedure fails to estimate the hydraulic conductivity function, whereas Bibbiani’s and Van Genuchten-Mualem’s curves match together in most cases. © Copyright C. Bibbiani et al., 2013.
|Titolo:||Comparison of different estimation procedures for the hydraulic properties of horticultural substrates by One-Step technique|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|