A multi-purpose rainfall simulator for field infiltration and erosion studies

Loch, R. J., Robotham, B. G., Zeller, L., Masterman, N., Orange, D. N., Bridge, B. J., Sheridan, G. and Bourke, J. J. (2001) A multi-purpose rainfall simulator for field infiltration and erosion studies. Australian Journal of Soil Research, 39 3: 599-610. doi:10.1071/SR00039


Author Loch, R. J.
Robotham, B. G.
Zeller, L.
Masterman, N.
Orange, D. N.
Bridge, B. J.
Sheridan, G.
Bourke, J. J.
Title A multi-purpose rainfall simulator for field infiltration and erosion studies
Journal name Australian Journal of Soil Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9573
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/SR00039
Open Access Status
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 599
End page 610
Total pages 12
Editor J. Fegent
S. Banerjee
Place of publication Collingwood, Victoria
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
300104 Land Capability and Soil Degradation
620500 Sustainable Plant Production Systems
Abstract This paper describes a rainfall simulator developed for field and laboratory studies that gives great flexibility in plot size covered, that is highly portable and able to be used on steep slopes, and that is economical in its water use. The simulator uses Veejet 80100 nozzles mounted on a manifold, with the nozzles controlled to sweep to and from across a plot width of 1.5 m. Effective rainfall intensity is controlled by the frequency with which the nozzles sweep. Spatial uniformity of rainfall on the plots is high, with coefficients of variation (CV) on the body of the plot being 8-10%. Use of the simulator for erosion and infiltration measurements is discussed.
Keyword Agriculture, Soil Science
Calibration
Spatial Uniformity Of Rainfall
Parameter Derivation
Rainfall Kinetic Energy
South-eastern Queensland
2 Clay Soils
Overland-flow
Rehabilitated Areas
Size Distributions
Sewage-sludge
Darling-downs
Management
Runoff
Mine
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
 
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