Measurements of Infiltration Rates in Compacted Urban Soils


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by Robert Pitt, (M.ASCE), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering The University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL 35226,
Shen-En Chen, (M.ASCE), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering The University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL 35226,
Choo Keong Ong, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering The University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL 35226,
Shirley Clark, (M.ASCE), Postgraduate; Research Program, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education National Risk Management Research Laboratory U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Edison, NJ 08837,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Linking Stormwater BMP Designs and Performance to Receiving Water Impact Mitigation:

Abstract: Previous research has identified significant reductions in infiltration rates in disturbed urban soils. More than 150 prior tests were conducted in predominately sandy and clayey urban soils in the Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama, areas. Infiltration in clayey soils was found to be affected by an interaction of soil moisture and compaction, while infiltration in sandy soils was affected by soil compaction alone. The tests reported here were conducted under more controlled laboratory conditions and represent a wider range of soil textures and specific soil density values.

Subject Headings: Compacted soils | Infiltration | Urban areas | Sandy soils | Soil water | Clays | Soil tests | North America | Alabama | United States | Mobile (Alabama)

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