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A physical based model to describe effective hydraulic conductivity of the soil mixtures

Deep Chandra Joshi, Mahyar Naseri, and Wolfgang Durner
Deep Chandra Joshi et al.
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institut für Geoökologie, Bodenkunde und Bodenphysik, Germany (

There is a long-lasting interest in obtaining the effective hydraulic conductivity functions of soil mixtures. The few available models to obtain hydraulic conductivity of mixtures are mostly empirical and applicable for saturated conditions. We propose a simple physical model based on the effective medium theory to calculate the effective hydraulic conductivity of soil mixtures with two or more components. The model incorporates the volumetric content of each mixture component and their hydraulic conductivity to calculate the effective conductivity of the mixture. The results of the model were compared with the measured hydraulic conductivity data obtained from the simplified evaporation method using the Hyprop device. Samples were prepared by packing homogeneous mixtures of different soil textures in cylinders with a volume of 250 cm3. Packed soil mixtures were saturated and exposed to evaporation in a climate controlled laboratory with constant air temperature and humidity. The results show an acceptable match between the measured and modeled hydraulic conductivity of the tested soil mixtures. The model can be used as a physical way to describe the effective hydraulic conductivity of mixtures in a wide range of moisture.

How to cite: Joshi, D. C., Naseri, M., and Durner, W.: A physical based model to describe effective hydraulic conductivity of the soil mixtures, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-21173,, 2020

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