Volume 46, N. 3

July-September 2023

Prediction of hydraulic and petrophysical parameters from indirect measurements of electrical resistivity to determine soil-water retention curve - studies in granular soils


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The characterization of unsaturated soils using hydromechanical methods is an essential requirement in soil science. However, current laboratory techniques used to obtain soil water retention and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity curves are time-consuming. To address this issue, a method based on indirect measures (electrical resistivity/electrical conductivity) was developed to quantitatively characterize soils. A novel unsaturated semi-empirical hydrogeophysical model of soils was developed by incorporating the hydrodynamic, geophysical, and petrophysical characteristics of soils. The model assumes that the parameters influencing the variation in the volumetric water content with matric suction and electrical resistivity are the same. The electrical resistivity characteristic curve (ERCC) defines a function that correlates environmental variables, electrical resistivity, soil water status, matric suction, hydraulic and petrophysical parameters, and fluid electrical resistivity. Model validation confirmed that the proposed approach can estimate the soil water retention curve (SWRC) via the indirect measures, and the results agreed with the experimental data. This indicates that it is possible to determine the SWRC and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity function of soil using the described approach.

Keywords: Indirect measures, Hydrogeophysical functions, Electrical resistivity characteristic curve, Petrophysical relationships, Granular soil,

Submitted on December 04, 2022.
Final Acceptance on May 26, 2023.
Discussion open until November 30, 2023.
DOI: 10.28927/SR.2023.013822