Memoirs of the Faculty of Engineering, Okayama University
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Determination of Unsaturated Soil Hydraulic Properties by Transient Flow Experiments and Parameter Estimation

河野 伊一郎 Department of Civil Engineering
西垣 誠 Department of Civil Engineering
竹下 祐二 Department of Civil Engineering
The numerical feasibility of determining soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions simultaneously from one-dimensional transient flow experiments in the laboratory by parameter estimation method is evaluated. Soil hydraulic properties are assumed to be represented by van Genuchten's closed-form expressions involving two unknown parameters: coefficients α and n . These parameters are evaluated by nonlinear least-squares fitting of predicted and observed pressure head with time. Gravity drainage experiments are performed for Toyoura standard sand to evaluate the adequacy of this proposed method.