E3S Web Conf.
Volume 92, 20197th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (IS-Glasgow 2019)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Behaviour of Unsaturated Geomaterials|
|Published online||25 June 2019|
Novel rapid measurement system of undisturbed soils water characteristics curve utilizing the continuous pressurization method
Kyushu University, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
2 OYO Co., Ltd., Niigata 950-0864, Japan
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Through this paper, a sampling methodology and a novel full automatic system adopting the continuous pressurization method which is capable of determining the Soil Water Characteristics Curve (SWCC) for both remoulded and undisturbed samples in a very short time were developed. The proposed system was validated by comparing the SWCCs of standard testing soils obtained using the developed system to the SWCCs obtained using a conventional method. Remoulded and undisturbed natural soil samples were tested, where the degree of disturbance influence on the obtained SWCC was discussed. In addition, the undisturbed samples containing moulds material influence on the obtained SWCC was investigated. It was found that remoulded samples do not properly represent the in-situ conditions with significant error that should be carefully considered when conducting analysis and proposing countermeasures against unsaturated soils related Geo-disasters. In addition, the material which the containing mould is made from has minor influence on the obtained SWCC which can be neglected. Finally, it can be concluded that the developed undisturbed soil water characteristics curve obtaining system is direct, rapid, reliable and simple. In addition, the proposed undisturbed sampling and testing methodology can be used to accurately evaluate the spatial variations of the SWCC regardless the heterogeneity of the soil profile.
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