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 AS  Vol.11 No.11 , November 2020
Instrumentation of Infiltrometers with Arduino to Determine Soil Water Infiltration Rate
Abstract: The intense mobilization of the soil inappropriately causes a reduction in the percentage of macropores and in the rate of soil water infiltration with reduction of crop yield. Due to the difficulty of using the Muntz concentric ring method, researchers have used mathematical models to estimate infiltration based on soil physical parameters such as, soil texture that does not reflect physical reality in relation to infiltration rate, leading to errors. To automate the use of the infiltrometer ring method, there are no hydrometers that record small flows in non-pressurized hydraulic systems, making it difficult to automate the method for field determination. For this purpose, six Muntz double rings were instrumented with an electromechanical system coupled to the “Tipin Buked” (weighbridge) with the ability to record flows from 8 cm3∙minute−1 on a memory card. The results indicate that the models of the regression equations describe 93% to 99% of the real values, showing the accuracy of the equipment. This work aimed to modify the Muntz method to reduce field work and automate the determination of water infiltration rate in the soil.
Cite this paper: Righes, A. , Moraes, F. and Buriol, G. (2020) Instrumentation of Infiltrometers with Arduino to Determine Soil Water Infiltration Rate. Agricultural Sciences, 11, 1109-1115. doi: 10.4236/as.2020.1111072.
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