Infiltration parameters from optimisation on furrow irrigation advance data
Knowledge of the soil infiltration parameters is necessary for efficient furrow irrigation. A method is proposed for the determination of the parameters in the Kostiakov-Lewis infiltration equation from measurements of the furrow irrigation advance and inflow. The method employs a volume balance model using optimisation to minimise the error between the predicted and measured advance and differs from existing approaches in that only advance data and inflow rates are required. The average cross sectional area of the furrow and the final infiltration rate are treated as fitted parameters and need not be measured. A simple but effective optimisation algorithm is developed which allows for the solution of the four parameters without user input. The speed and simplicity of the optimisation may lead to application in real-time control of furrow irrigation.
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