Automated Laboratory Infiltrometer to Estimate Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity Using an Arduino Microcontroller Board
AbstractThis paper describes the design, calibration and testing processes of a new device named Automated Laboratory Infiltrometer (ALI). It allows to determinate in laboratory, under controlled conditions the saturated hydraulic conductivity (Ks) of altered or unaltered soil samples which is a key parameter to understand the movement of water through a porous medium. The ALI combines the advantages of three different approaches: measures vertical infiltration rates in a soil column, measures the actual volumes of vertically drained water through the soil column, and finally, uses heat as a natural tracer to determinate water flux rates through the porous medium; all those parameters are used to determinate Ks. The ALI was developed using the popular Arduino microcontroller board and commercially available sensors that give the whole system a low cost. Data from the ALI are recorded in a microSD memory so they can be easily read from any spreadsheet software helping to reduce time consuming and avoiding reading errors. The performance of this device was evaluated by comparing the water flow rates determined by the three approaches for which is designed; an excellent correlation among them was observed (worst correlation: R2 = 0.9826 and r-RSME = 0.94%). View Full-Text
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Rodríguez-Juárez, P.; Júnez-Ferreira, H.E.; González Trinidad, J.; Zavala, M.; Burnes-Rudecino, S.; Bautista-Capetillo, C. Automated Laboratory Infiltrometer to Estimate Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity Using an Arduino Microcontroller Board. Water 2018, 10, 1867.
Rodríguez-Juárez P, Júnez-Ferreira HE, González Trinidad J, Zavala M, Burnes-Rudecino S, Bautista-Capetillo C. Automated Laboratory Infiltrometer to Estimate Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity Using an Arduino Microcontroller Board. Water. 2018; 10(12):1867.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rodríguez-Juárez, Pedro; Júnez-Ferreira, Hugo E.; González Trinidad, Julián; Zavala, Manuel; Burnes-Rudecino, Susana; Bautista-Capetillo, Carlos. 2018. "Automated Laboratory Infiltrometer to Estimate Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity Using an Arduino Microcontroller Board." Water 10, no. 12: 1867.
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