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Evaluation of Testing Methods for Suction-Volume Change of Natural Clay Soils

Abstract Design and mitigation of infrastructure on expansive soils requires an understanding of unsaturated soil mechanics and consideration of two stress variables (net normal stress and matric suction). Although numerous breakthroughs have allowed geotechnical engineers to study expansive soil response to varying suction-based stress scenarios (i.e. partial wetting), such studies are not practical on typical projects due to the difficulties and duration needed for equilibration associated with the necessary laboratory testing. The current practice encompasses saturated “conventional” soil mechanics testing, with the implementation of numerous empirical correlations and approximations to obtain an estimate of true field response. However, it ha... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Olaiz, Austin Hunter (Author) / Houston, Sandra (Advisor) / Zapata, Claudia (Committee member) / Kavazanjian, Edward (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Civil engineering / Geotechnology / Matric Suction / Partial Wetting / Plastic Soil / PTI / Suction Compression Index / Surrogate Path Method
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 167 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Engineering 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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