Special Issue Paper
(Received 13 April 2015; accepted 10 June 2015)
Published Online: 2015
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Transparent soils have evolved in the past two decades as a useful tool for the physical modeling of soil-structure interaction mechanisms, saturated-unsaturated hydraulic behavior, and thermal processes in soils. This paper traces the history of the development of transparent soil surrogates used in laboratory 1-g bench-scale and centrifuge tests to investigate a variety of geotechnical applications. Many notable papers that appear in this special issue of the journal on modeling with transparent soils are introduced throughout the review. The paper also looks into the future to anticipate where further advances and applications of these materials and complementary technologies may be expected.
Professor and Chair, Civil and Urban Engineering Department, New York Univ., Polytechnic School of Engineering, Six Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY
Bathurst, R. J.
Professor and Research Director, GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's-RMC, Department of Civil Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON
Research Assistant, Civil and Urban Engineering Department, New York Univ., Polytechnic School of Engineering, Six Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY
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