Measurement of soil-water characteristic curve with a continuous pressurization method

S. Kato, M. Hatakeyama, H. Abe, B. S. Kim, Y. Takeshita

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Abstract

In order to measure the Soil-Water Characteristic Curve (SWCC), a continuous pressurization method is presented (Hatakeyama et al., 2015). In this method, the air pressure for the specimen is continuously increased for an air pressure chamber, in which a small pore water measurement devise is equipped inside the specimen. For the specimen, the suction is defined as a difference between the air pressure applied and the pore water pressure measured. The soil moisture is measured with the water displacement through the ceramic disk equipped in the pedestal of the pressure chamber. In this method, SWCCs for a soil specimen in drying and wetting process are measured in two or three days. It is found that soil moisture characteristic curves in drying and wetting processes obtained by new testing apparatus were in acceptable agreement with those obtained by conventional test apparatus. It was also verified that the testing time of retentively test with continuous pressurizing method is notably shorter than that of with conventional test method. In this paper, the measured results for several soil are shown, and the applicability of this method is examined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnsaturated Soil Mechanics from Theory to Practice - Proceedings of the 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils
EditorsZhenghan Chen, Changfu Wei, Dean Sun, Yongfu Xu
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages379-382
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781138029217
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soil Mechanics from Theory to Practice, AP-UNSAT 2015 - Guilin, China
Duration: Oct 23 2015Oct 26 2015

Publication series

NameUnsaturated Soil Mechanics from Theory to Practice - Proceedings of the 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils

Other

Other6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soil Mechanics from Theory to Practice, AP-UNSAT 2015
CountryChina
CityGuilin
Period10/23/1510/26/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science

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    Kato, S., Hatakeyama, M., Abe, H., Kim, B. S., & Takeshita, Y. (2016). Measurement of soil-water characteristic curve with a continuous pressurization method. In Z. Chen, C. Wei, D. Sun, & Y. Xu (Eds.), Unsaturated Soil Mechanics from Theory to Practice - Proceedings of the 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils (pp. 379-382). (Unsaturated Soil Mechanics from Theory to Practice - Proceedings of the 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils). CRC Press/Balkema. https://doi.org/10.1201/b19248-62