Closing the loop of the soil water retention curve

Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
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The authors, to their knowledge for the first time, produced two complete principal soil water retention curves (SWRCs) under both positive and negative matric suction regimes. An innovative testing technique combining the transient water release and imbibition method (TRIM) and constant flow method (CFM) was used to identify the principal paths of SWRC in the positive pore-water pressure regime under unsaturated conditions. A negative matric suction of 9.8 kPa is needed to reach full saturation or close the loop of the SWRC for a silty soil. This work pushes the understanding of the interaction of soil and water into new territory by quantifying the boundaries of the SWRC over the entire suction domain, including both wetting and drying conditions that are relevant to field conditions such as slope wetting under heavy rainfall or rapid groundwater table rise in earthen dams or levees.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Closing the loop of the soil water retention curve
Series title Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001225
Volume 141
Issue 1
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Publisher location New York, NY
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