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Estimating the Soil-Water Characteristic Curve Using Grain Size Analysis and Plasticity Index

Abstract The infrastructure is built in Unsaturated Soils. However, the geotechnical practitioners insist in designing the structures based on Saturated Soil Mechanics. The design of structures based on unsaturated soil mechanics is desirable because it reduces cost and it is by far a more sustainable approach. The research community has identified the Soil-Water Characteristic Curve as the most important soil property when dealing with unsaturated conditions. This soil property is unpopular among practitioners because the laboratory testing takes an appreciable amount of time. Several authors have attempted predicting the Soil-Water Characteristic Curve; however, most of the published predictions are based on a very limited soil database. The Natio... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Torres Hernandez, Gustavo (Author) / Zapata, Claudia (Advisor) / Houston, Sandra (Committee member) / Witczak, Matthew (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Civil Engineering / Grain-Size Distribution / Soil Index Properties / Soil-Water Characteristic Curve
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 257 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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