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This paper describes the use of single ring infiltrometers for evaluating the hydraulic conductivity of compacted soil liners. Procedures are presented for installation and monitoring of infiltrometers in the field. Results of hydraulic conductivity estimated from infiltrometer tests on six laboratory model liners are presented and compared with the results of conventional laboratory tests. In addition, the distribution of soil saturation after prolonged infiltration testing showed that the permeant tended to follow preferred paths and did not generally advance as a uniform front as commonly assumed.
Assistant professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Engineer, Haley and Aldrich, Glastonbury, CT
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