Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Original research article
09 Feb 2022
Original research article |  | 09 Feb 2022

Effective hydraulic properties of 3D virtual stony soils identified by inverse modeling

Mahyar Naseri, Sascha C. Iden, and Wolfgang Durner

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We simulated stony soils with low to high volumes of rock fragments in 3D using evaporation and multistep unit-gradient experiments. Hydraulic properties of virtual stony soils were identified under a wide range of soil matric potentials. The developed models for scaling the hydraulic conductivity of stony soils were evaluated under unsaturated flow conditions.