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Main Title RETC Code for Quantifying the Hydraulic Functions of Unsaturated Soils (for Microcomputers).
CORP Author Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Lab., Ada, OK.
Publisher Jan 92
Year Published 1992
Report Number EPA/SW/DK-92/038;
Stock Number PB92-501329
Additional Subjects Software ; Hydraulic conductivity ; Vadose water ; Soil water ; Soil properties ; Diskettes ; Retention ; Unsaturated flow ; Environmental transport ; Path of pollutants ; Land pollution ; Chemical compounds ; Water management ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB92-501329 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 1 diskette
The report describes the RETC computer code for analyzing the soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions of unsaturated soils. These hydraulic properties are key parameters in any quantitative description of water flow into and through the unsaturated zone of soils. The program uses the parametric models of Brooks-Corey and van Genuchten to represent the soil water retention curve, and the theoretical pore-size distribution models of Mualem and Burdine to predict the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity function from observed soil water retention data. The report fives a detailed discussion of the different analytical expressions used for quantifying the soil water retention and hydraulic conductivity functions. A brief review is also given of the nonlinear least-squares parameter optimization method used for estimating the unknown coefficients in the hydraulic models. Several examples are presented to illustrate a variety of program options. The program may be used to predict the hydraulic conductivity from observed soil water retention data assuming that one observed conductivity value (not necessarily at saturation) is available. The program also permits one to fit analytical functions simultaneously to observed water retention and hydraulic conductivity data. The report serves as both a user manual and reference document. Detailed information is given on the computer program along with the instructions for data input preparation and sample input and output files. A listing of the source code is also provided.