hello,

I am currently working on the simulation of subsurface drip irrigation. But for the calculation of variable flux for boundary conditions are still not clear. I have studied the PC forum for calculation of flux boundary and it is taken as the volume/the area of the dripper(taken as 60cm/d)but its calculations are still difficult to understand. Please help how to calculate the area of the dripper if we have 18 mm inline drip with emitter spaced at 30cm apart. I have studied few papers and found that it can be considered a sphere as well as a cylinder. What is the difference and which is more appropriate? Also, do we need to double the discharge for axisymmetrical geometry?

Thanks in anticipation

Amina

## Subsurface drip irrigation

### Re: Subsurface drip irrigation

It’s simple. First, you need to convert the real 3D case (experiment or reality) into a 2D (plane, or axisymmetrical domain) problem, and then you need to implement that into the model, i.e., to make sure that you get the right amount of water into the simulated transport domain (whether it is half-plane, full-plane, or axisymmetrical domain). See the reference given below, where we tried to explain these issues. J.

Kandelous, M. M., J. Šimůnek, M. Th. van Genuchten, and K. Malek, Soil water content distributions between two emitters of a subsurface drip irrigation system, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 75(2), 488-497, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2010.0181, 2011.

Kandelous, M. M., J. Šimůnek, M. Th. van Genuchten, and K. Malek, Soil water content distributions between two emitters of a subsurface drip irrigation system, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 75(2), 488-497, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2010.0181, 2011.

### Re: Subsurface drip irrigation

Thanks for the reference given by you. I have studied that paper thoroughly. I was mentioned to take length or surface area of the sphere for flux calculation. Please clarify either we have to take length/cylinder or sphere for 3d consideration of the emitter source. Also, the radius to be used for flux calculation is still unclear. I am having 18mm inline drip tube. then what should be the radius for flux calculations?

Thanks for your help.

Amina

Thanks for your help.

Amina

### Re: Subsurface drip irrigation

Amina,

I have tried my best of explaining all this on the HYDRUS website (and in the article that I recommended) and do not know what else I can add to it. Note that we list on the Hydrus website over one hundred papers in which HYDRUS has been successfully used to simulate drip irrigation (and we stopped tracking these applications about two years ago):

https://www.pc-progress.com//Documents/ ... papers.pdf

and thus, the information provided seems to be sufficient for a lot of people. I’m sure that if you think about the problem more (and write it down and fully analyse, which is the only way for you to fully understand it), you will figure it out as well.

J.

I have tried my best of explaining all this on the HYDRUS website (and in the article that I recommended) and do not know what else I can add to it. Note that we list on the Hydrus website over one hundred papers in which HYDRUS has been successfully used to simulate drip irrigation (and we stopped tracking these applications about two years ago):

https://www.pc-progress.com//Documents/ ... papers.pdf

and thus, the information provided seems to be sufficient for a lot of people. I’m sure that if you think about the problem more (and write it down and fully analyse, which is the only way for you to fully understand it), you will figure it out as well.

J.

### Re: Subsurface drip irrigation

Hello,

I am getting the error as Floating Point error-Invalid Number! when I tried to run the software. Can you please help me with the reason for this kind of error.

Amina

I am getting the error as Floating Point error-Invalid Number! when I tried to run the software. Can you please help me with the reason for this kind of error.

Amina

### Re: Subsurface drip irrigation

I’m currently on vacation. Just landed in Paris. J.