Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2019, Page: 16-21
Optimizing Emitters’ Density and Water Supplies in Trickle Irrigation Systems
Hammami Moncef, Hydraulic Department, Higher School of Engineers Medjez El Bab, University of Jendouba, Jendouba, Tunisia
Zayani Khemaies, Department of Rural Engineering, National Agronomic Institute of Tunis, University of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Received: Dec. 9, 2018;       Accepted: Jan. 30, 2019;       Published: Feb. 28, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajwse.20190501.13      View  550      Downloads  111
The usual approaches for designing trickle irrigation systems are based upon empirical estimation of the emitters’ density and the moistened soil volume. The objective of this paper is to implement a quasi-analytical approach that allows the inference of these two parameters. The emitters’ density is determined so that the rooted soil volume would be moistened even at the peak period. The proposed approach enables to adjust the irrigation time in order to replenish the rooted soil volume up to a threshold for an optimal plant growth. The required inputs are: the water retention curve, the hydraulic conductivity at the wetting front, the radius of the moistened spot at the soil surface, and the rooted soil depth. The method is assessed with respect to study cases for sandy and silty soils. The used emitters’ discharge were 2 l/h and 4 l/h. The present approach has the advantage of preserving the mass conservation as well as the dynamic aspect of irrigation management. For design purpose, the irrigation time is set equal to the time required to attain a quasi-state flow conditions within the rooted zone. Nevertheless, irrigation time should vary so that design errors are adjusted for irrigation scheduling needs.
Trickle Irrigation, Wetted Soil Volume, Emitters’ Density, Irrigation Management
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Hammami Moncef, Zayani Khemaies, Optimizing Emitters’ Density and Water Supplies in Trickle Irrigation Systems, American Journal of Water Science and Engineering. Vol. 5, No. 1, 2019, pp. 16-21. doi: 10.11648/j.ajwse.20190501.13
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