Volume 7, Issue 9 (October 2010)

    Modification of Volumetric Pressure Plate Extractor

    (Received 11 March 2010; accepted 3 August 2010)

    Published Online: 2010


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    A volumetric pressure plate (extractor) can be used to measure the soil-water characteristic curve in the laboratory using the axis translation technique. The volume of extracted water from the soil specimen in the volumetric pressure plate can be continuously measured during the test without the stoppage of air pressure during the measurements. However, the water volume measurement in the volumetric pressure plate requires an air trap, a ballast tube, a burette, and a vacuum device while maintaining a constant pore-water pressure in the soil specimen, which is quite complicated and tedious. In order to improve the measuring method of the volumetric pressure plate, a modified volumetric pressure plate was developed and tested on residual soil specimens. The modified apparatus can measure the volume of the extracted water using both Method A and Method B of ASTM D6836-02 depending on the range of matric suction. In addition, the volume of diffused air during testing can also be measured for correcting the water volume change measurements. The improvements of the modified apparatus and typical results obtained from the tests are discussed in the paper.

    Author Information:

    Yoo, Kunsun
    Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Engineering College, Halla Univ., HeungUp, Wonju, Gangwon

    Rahardjo, Harianto
    Professor and Head of Division, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore,

    Stock #: JAI103075

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI103075

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