Biological Systems Engineering


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Published in the Transactions of the ASAE 28(1) (1985): 147-153.


Equations describing overland flow depth, rainfall induced soil detachment and sediment transport capacity on interrill areas were identified. The Darcy-Weisbach equation which included a parameter for predicting flow resistance caused by rainfall was used to calculate depth of overland flow. Soil detachment was determined from an equation incorporating raindrop induced, impact pressure estimates. The product of a soil transport factor, bottom shear stress and flow velocity was used to calculate sediment transport capacity. Nondimensional forms of the model equations were evaluated using existing experimental data.