Geotechnical and Geological Engineering

, 26:199

Effect of Rainfall Intensity on Infiltration into Partly Saturated Slopes

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10706-007-9157-0

Cite this article as:
Xue, J. & Gavin, K. Geotech Geol Eng (2008) 26: 199. doi:10.1007/s10706-007-9157-0


This paper describes the development of a model to analyse the rate of infiltration and run-off experienced by a partly saturated soil slope during rainfall. The paper first reviews some of the most popular infiltration models used in geotechnical analysis, and highlights some of the problems associated with their application. One particular model, the Horton Equation is extended to include rainfall intensity directly in its formulation. The new model is shown to predict infiltration responses, which agree with field measurements. In the final section the influence of the rainfall intensity and pattern of rainfall (variation of rainfall intensity) on the infiltration response of a soil is investigated using the new model.


Water flowUnsaturated soil slopesRainfall patternRunoffCumulative infiltration

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering, Earlsfort TerraceUniversity College DublinDublin 2Ireland