Field Instruments

  • No contact layer necessary
  • Simple adjustment to differentconductivity areas
  • Simple conversion to produce the tension infiltrometer

Hood-Infiltrometer / IL-2700

The hood infiltrometer is used to measure the hydraulic conductivity of soils in virtually saturated areas as field tests. The infiltration is made from a sealed hood placed on the soil and filled with water. The circular soil surface covered by water beneath the hood forms the source area for the infiltration flux. No additional contact layer and no preparation of the soil surface is necessary on the measurement area. This not only saves working time but also makes it possible to measure the infiltration and conductivity under completely natural conditions in a destruction-free manner. The pressure beneath the hood is controlled using a Marriott’s water supply. The effective increase in pressure on the soil surface can be freely selected between zero and a vacuum up to the bubble point of the soil. This pressure level is shown exactly on a U-tube manometer. The hydraulic conductivity is calculated from the stationary flux rates determined in the test run according to WOODING (1968). With the IL-2700 the measurement data for the flux rate is electronically recorded with a pressure sensor combined with a handheld instrument IL-2700. With the corresponding software they are transferred to the PC and analysed. The hood infiltrometer is also available without electronic data recording.