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Use of the grain-size distribution for estimation of the soil-water characteristic curve

Use of the grain-size distribution for estimation of the soil-water characteristic curve,10.1139/t02-049,Canadian Geotechnical Journal,Murray D. Fredl

Use of the grain-size distribution for estimation of the soil-water characteristic curve   (Citations: 26)
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The implementation of unsaturated soil mechanics into engineering practice is dependent, to a large extent, upon an ability to estimate unsaturated soil property functions. The soil-water characteristic curve (SWCC), along with the saturated soil properties, has proven to provide a satisfactory basis for estimating the permeability function and shear strength functions for an unsaturated soil. The volume change functions have not been totally defined nor applied in geotechnical engineering. The objective of this paper is to present a procedure for estimating the SWCC from infor- mation on the grain-size distribution and the volume-mass properties of a soil. SWCCs represent a continuous water content versus soil suction relationship. The proposed method provides an approximate means of estimating the desorption curve corresponding to a soil initially slurried near the liquid limit. The effects of stress history, fabric, con - fining pressure, and hysteresis are not addressed. A database of published data is used to verify the proposed proce - dure. The database contains independent measurements of the grain-size distribution and the SWCC. The level of fit between the estimated and measured SWCCs is analyzed statistically. The proposed procedure is compared to previ- ously proposed methods for predicting the SWCC from the grain-size distribution. The results show that the proposed procedure is somewhat superior to previous methods.
Journal: Canadian Geotechnical Journal - CAN GEOTECH J , vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 1103-1117, 2002
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