Laboratory procedure for partial-wetting collapse determination

W. N. Houston, H. H. Mahmoud, Sandra Houston

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Partial wetting results in partial collapse, which is linked to the reduction in soil suction caused by wetting. The laboratory procedure presented in this paper represents a modification to the one-dimensional response-to-wetting test. These modifications are designed to provide quantitative data that can be used to estimate collapse settlements resulting from partial wetting. The sequence of wetting and loading, and its effect on the partial collapse data, are discussed. Laboratory data are presented. Application to engineering practice is addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnsaturated Soils
EditorsSandra L. Houston, Warren K. Wray
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993
EventProceedings of the 1993 ASCE National Convention and Exposition - Dallas, TX, USA
Duration: Oct 24 1993Oct 28 1993

Publication series

NameUnsaturated Soils


OtherProceedings of the 1993 ASCE National Convention and Exposition
CityDallas, TX, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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