Interfacial Behavior of Unsaturated Soil with Small-scale Models and Use of Image Processing Techniques

    Volume 26, Issue 1 (March 2003)

    ISSN: 0149-6115

    CODEN: GTJOAD

    Page Count: 10


    Gachet, P
    Research Assistant, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institiute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne,

    Klubertanz, G
    Researcher, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institiute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne,

    Vulliet, L
    Professor, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institiute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne,

    Laloui, L
    Senior Researcher, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institiute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne,

    (Received 20 November 2000; accepted 22 March 2002)

    Abstract

    Two small-scale prototypes (physical models) intended to study soil behavior are presented. They allow for 1D and 2D tests on unsaturated soil in a wide range of hydraulic and mechanical boundary conditions. The instrumentation of the testing facilities designed to measure pore water pressures, water fluxes, top displacements, and in-plane displacement fields are detailed. Special attention is devoted to boundary conditions: effects of friction and cohesion at the interface between soil and model on the experimental results and ways to limit their effects are presented. Furthermore, the image processing techniques used to measure in-plane displacements are reviewed. A simple and accurate method based on white light speckle autocorrelation and a marked membrane is proposed.


    Paper ID: GTJ11099J

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ11099J

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    Title Interfacial Behavior of Unsaturated Soil with Small-scale Models and Use of Image Processing Techniques
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    Committee D18