THE HYSTERESIS IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY AND SOIL WATER CONTENT

Experiments designed to study the relationship between the hydraulic conductivity and the water content of a porous body were performed on two inert porous materials packed in long columns. The experimental results obtained are presented. They show that the relationship is hysteretic and that the repeated variation of the water content between any two limiting values results in a closed hysteretic loop. The relationship is subsequently examined in the light of the domain theory. It is found that the distribution function H for the conductivity elements may be considered as independent of the water contents at which the increment of water content reverses from negative to positive and from positive to negative, and therefore that the conductivity elements may be considered as independent. Distribution diagrams are obtained from an analysis of the primary depletion curves according to the independent domain concept. The hysteretic paths calculated by means of these diagrams show satisfactory agreement with the experimental paths. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    428 East Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Authors:
    • POULOVASSILIS, A
    • Tzimas, E
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 327-331
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128470
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM