Laboratory Comparison of Field Infiltrometers

Rebecca Nestingen, Brooke C. Asleson, John S. Gulliver, Raymond M. Hozalski, John L. Nieber

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Three devices for measuring hydraulic conductivity of soil in the field were tested under controlled conditions in the laboratory using three types of media to compare their accuracy and precision: modified Philip-Dunne infiltrometer, double-ring infiltrometer, and minidisk infiltrometer. Accuracy was determined by comparing the hydraulic conductivity values obtained by using these devices with those obtained by reference falling-head tests. Of the three devices, the modified Philip-Dunne infiltrometer had the lowest relative error and the double-ring infiltrometer was the most precise. The minidisk infiltrometer had a higher relative error for the coarsest media, suggesting it is not appropriate for use on coarse sands and gravels. Compared with the double-ring infiltrometer, the modified Philip-Dunne and minidisk infiltrometers require less water and testing time, facilitating more measurements at a given site. The modified Philip-Dunne infiltrometer, however, requires measuring or estimating the initial and final soil moisture content, whereas the minidisk infiltrometer requires the media grain-size distribution to estimate the van Genuchten parameters of the media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number04018005
JournalJournal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Double-ring infiltrometer
  • Falling-head test
  • Hydraulic conductivity
  • Infiltration
  • Infiltrometer
  • Minidisk infiltrometer
  • Modified Philip-Dunne infiltrometer
  • Permeability

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