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DISC Model
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Year: 1984
Version: 1.0


DISC is a computer software package for analyzingTension Disc Infiltrometer data by parameter estimation. The software package consists of the simplifiedHYDRUS2 computer program, and an interactive graphics-based user interface. TheDISC code numerically solves the Richards' equation for saturated-unsaturated water flow. Flow occurs in a three-dimensional region exhibiting radial symmetry about the vertical axis. The software includes a Marquardt-Levenberg type parameter optimization algorithm for inverse estimation of soil hydraulic properties (van Genuchten parameters) from measured transient cumulative infiltration and related data. The governing flow equation is solved numerically using Galerkin-type linear finite element schemes. The transport region is discretized automatically by the software into triangular elements using pregenerated files that are scaled directly to the specified size of the tension disc radius. The code is integrated into a Windows based graphics interface that facilitates entering of the input information and display of the parameter estimation results.

System Requirements:

Intel Pentium processor, 16 Mb RAM, hard disk with at least 20 Mb free disk space, VGA graphics (SVGA with 256 colors recommended), MS Windows 95 or higher.


?imunek, J., and M. Th. van Genuchten, TheDISC computer software for analyzing tension disc infiltrometer data by parameter estimation. Versions 1.0, Research Report No. 145, U.S. Salinity Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Riverside, California, 34pp., 2000.

Contact Person: The program and manual are available upon request from:

Technical contact:
Todd Skaggs
USDA-ARS U.S. Salinity Laboratory
450 W Big Springs Road
Riverside, CA 92507-4617

Tel: 951-369-4853
Fax: 951-342-4964