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dc.contributor.advisorReddell, Donald L.
dc.creatorLatimer, Eduardo Alberto
dc.descriptionTypescript (photocopy).en
dc.description.abstractInfiltration in irrigated furrows is a complex hydraulic phenomenon that varies in both space and time. The effects of spatially variable infiltration on advance and infiltration of water along a furrow must be well understood to improve the management of furrow irrigation systems. Infiltration was measured every 8 m along a 240 m furrow with two types of infiltrometers, blocked furrows with stagnant water (BF-St) and blocked furrows with continuous flowing water (BF-CF), and the data at each location was regressed to fit both the Kostiakov and the modified Kostiakov infiltration functions. The regressed parameters in both equations were analyzed using classical and regionalized statistical theory. The parameters K and 'a' in both the Kostiakov and the modified Kostiakov equations were significantly correlated [K=f(a)]. A first-order Markov autoregressive model was used to generate synthetic realizations of infiltration functions over space which closely resembled the original regressed infiltration data. A time-solution (steps through space and solves for time) kinematic wave model for continuous flow furrow irrigation was developed and validated. The time-solution model included the advance, runoff, depletion, and recession phases of furrow irrigation for both nonuniform and uniform soil properties. A two-point volume balance procedure with the Kostiakov infiltration equation resulted to be inappropriate for estimating the stochastic properties of spatially variable infiltration in its present form. However, with future modifications and developments, the two-point volume balance procedure may become more appropriate when estimating infiltration under spatially variable soil conditions..en
dc.format.extentxvii, 252 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subjectAgricultural Engineeringen
dc.subject.classification1991 Dissertation L357
dc.subject.lcshFurrow irrigationen
dc.subject.lcshStatistical methodsen
dc.titleA geostatistical assessment of infiltration for furrow irrigation managementen
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen Den
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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