Web site of Austrian Lysimeter Research Group

Operated by: Université catholique de Louvain, Dep. of environmental sciences and land use planning, Agricultural Engineering Unit
Louvain, Belgium
Contact: Prof. M. Vanclooster, Mathieu Javaux
Phone: +32 10 47 37 10


Louvain-la-Neuve/laboratory (BE 1)
Purpose of this facility studying solute and water transport under controlled boundary conditions on an undisturbed soil
Operating since 1999
Number of lysimeters 3
Size classification standard
Exact size 0.77 m diameter x 1 m depth, cylindrical
Building material of container Polyester
Feature of lysimeter bottom Polyester/steel
Lysimeter cellar (material) Concrete
suction-controlled lysimeter yes
Seepage water determination Suction cups, gravimetric
Nutrients/nutrient balances continuous EC/pH meter; no balances
Soil fraction(s) Loam/Sand
Soil type Haplic Luvisol
Soil thickness in m 1.05
Vegetation and cultivation Fallow/uncultivated
Probes installed Tensiometers, suction cups, TDR, sensors for soil temperature
Data logger; server, data base yes
Used model/goal of investigation Analytic transport model, numerical water flow models
Further investigations or equipment Rainfall simulator with accurate pumps to ensure constant and uniform simulated rainfall events
Remarks Monoliths placed and equipped within the laboratory under controlled boundary conditions;
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