Characterization of unsaturated soils: The importance of response to wetting

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Abstract

Some fairly simple and relatively inexpensive modifications and additions to common geotechnical investigations can lead to substantial improvement in the characterization of unsaturated soil sites. It is not always absolutely necessary to directly measure soil suction as a part of routine characterization of an unsaturated soil profile. However, it is necessary to be mindful of soil suction as a key stress state variable controlling the behavior of unsaturated soils. In particular, performance of response to wetting tests aids in the identification of potentially problematic moisture sensitive soils and to the development of cost-effective geotechnical engineering solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Special Publication
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages77-96
Number of pages20
Edition235 GSP
ISBN (Print)9780784478288
StatePublished - 2014
Event2014 Congress on Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geo-Congress 2014 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2014Feb 26 2014

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Other2014 Congress on Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geo-Congress 2014
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period2/23/142/26/14

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  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
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Houston, S. (2014). Characterization of unsaturated soils: The importance of response to wetting. In Geotechnical Special Publication (235 GSP ed., pp. 77-96). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Characterization of unsaturated soils : The importance of response to wetting. / Houston, Sandra.

Geotechnical Special Publication. 235 GSP. ed. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2014. p. 77-96.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Houston, S 2014, Characterization of unsaturated soils: The importance of response to wetting. in Geotechnical Special Publication. 235 GSP edn, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), pp. 77-96, 2014 Congress on Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geo-Congress 2014, Atlanta, GA, United States, 2/23/14.
Houston S. Characterization of unsaturated soils: The importance of response to wetting. In Geotechnical Special Publication. 235 GSP ed. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 2014. p. 77-96
Houston, Sandra. / Characterization of unsaturated soils : The importance of response to wetting. Geotechnical Special Publication. 235 GSP. ed. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2014. pp. 77-96
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