Modified kostiakov infiltration function: Accounting for initial and boundary conditions

Alex Furman*, A. W. Warrick, Dawit Zerihun, C. A. Sanchez

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The effect of specific initial and boundary conditions is generally not considered when applying the Kostiakov infiltration functions. A methodology is developed to account for changes in water levels and initial soil moisture. First, Richards' equation is solved numerically to generate a database of one-dimensional infiltration values, with varying initial (water content or pressure head) and boundary (ponding depth) conditions for three contrasting soils. These are then used to calibrate corresponding coefficients for modified Kostiakov models and, by considering linear regressions, to obtain simple correction factors. Results show that the correction factors are not universally valid, and only the correction to the Kostiakov k parameter shows statistically consistent applicability. However, examples demonstrate potentially significant improvement in the accuracy of irrigation models by correcting the Kostiakov equation to account for initial and boundary conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-596
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering - ASCE
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Boundaries
  • Hydrologic models
  • Infiltration
  • Moisture content
  • Surface irrigation
  • Water flow


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