Soil Heat Flux Plates Sauer, Thomas Ochsner, Tyson Horton, Robert Horton, Robert
dc.contributor.department Agronomy 2018-01-25T07:46:18.000 2020-06-29T23:04:42Z 2020-06-29T23:04:42Z 2007-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Persistent concern regarding surface energy balance closure encourages increased scrutiny of potential sources of error. Laboratory and field experiments addressed heat flow distortion and thermal contact resistance errors during measurement of soil heat flux (<em>G</em>) using the flux plate technique. Steady-state, one-dimensional heat flow experiments determined flux plate thermal conductivities (λ<sub>m</sub>) and measured the effect of air gaps and thermal heat sink coatings on plate performance. Use of measured instead of manufacturer-specified λ<sub>m</sub> and plate dimensions in a heat flow distortion correction improved the consistency but not the average disagreement between imposed sand <em>G</em> and corrected plate heat flux density (<em>G</em> <sub>m</sub>). Consistent underestimates of <em>G</em> in dry sand by 20 to 25% after heat flow distortion correction was attributed to thermal contact resistance effects. A convex air gap 0.1 to 1.32 mm thick across 5.9% of the plate face area reduced <em>G</em> <sub>m</sub> by up to 9.7%. A thin layer of a thermal heat sink compound with λ 0.18 W m<sup>−1</sup> K<sup>−1</sup> greater than the plate λ<sub>m</sub> (1.0 W m<sup>−1</sup> K<sup>−1</sup>) did not increase <em>G</em> <sub>m</sub> in a clay soil but increased <em>G</em> <sub>m</sub> by ∼6% in quartz sand. A 6.5% increase in <em>G</em> <sub>m</sub>was also observed for plates treated with the same heat sink compound in a silt loam soil under field conditions. Thermal contact resistance errors are probably G <sub>m</sub> may occur due to thermal contact resistance in dry sand and due to heat flow distortion when soil λ >> λ<sub>m.</sub></p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is published as Sauer, Thomas J., Tyson E. Ochsner, and Robert Horton. "Soil Heat Flux Plates." Agronomy journal 99, no. 1 (2007): 304-310. doi: <a href="" target="_blank">10.2134/agronj2005.0038s</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Soil Science
dc.subject.disciplines Statistical Methodology
dc.title Soil Heat Flux Plates
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