Modeling two-dimensional infiltration from irrigation furrows

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  • Th Wöhling - , Chair of Hydrology (Author)
  • G. H. Schmitz - , TUD Dresden University of Technology (Author)
  • J. C. Mailhol - , INRAE - National Institute of Agricultural Research (Author)


Numerical simulation of the two-dimensional (2D) infiltration process during furrow irrigation requires considerable computational effort, which can be reduced by analytical modeling. This paper deals with the further development of the semianalytical infiltration model FURlNF (furrow infiltration). Considering the varying impact of gravity and furrow geometry, the new approach models the impact of furrow geometry on infiltration progress using a transient geometric shape factor as a function of infiltration time and furrow geometry. FURINF portrays 2D infiltration from the wetted furrow perimeter by a series of one-dimensional (ID) infiltration computations that are performed in this paper on the basis of an analytical as well as a numerical solution of the ID Richards equation. Comparing the FURINF results provided by the analytical and numerical ID infiltration model confirmed the adequacy and reliability of the robust and simple analytical approach, which only requires soil parameters provided by rather simple measurements. The results and performances of the analytical FURINF model (FURINF-A) are compared within the frame of a sensitivity and error analysis with the outcome of the numerical subsurface flow model HYDRUS-2D considering three different soils.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-303
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of irrigation and drainage engineering / American Society of Civil Engineers, Irrigation and Drainage Division
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2004

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ORCID /0000-0003-2963-0965/work/155291991