Journal Published Online: 15 January 2015
Volume 38, Issue 2

Unsaturated Permeability and Retention Curve Determination From In-Flight Weight Measurements in a Bench-Scale Centrifuge



Centrifuges have been used in many ways to determine permeabilities, as they can significantly shorten testing times in low-permeable soils. Typically equilibrium profiles, inflow–outflow measurements, or direct measurements from inside the sample—like from tensiometers or radioactive decay—are used. Recently, weight measurements of the sample outside the centrifuge were used effectively in an adapted setup. We present the results of the possibilities offered by doing transient weight measurements of a soil-sample during rotation in the centrifuge. We present the setup of such an experiment and how the unsaturated permeability and water retention curve can be recovered from it. This eliminates the overhead of doing measurements inside the sample.

Author Information

Malengier, Benny
Department of Textile, Ghent Univ., Ghent, BE
Di Emidio, Gemmina
Laboratory of Geotechnics, Ghent Univ., Ghent, BE
Peiffer, Herman
Laboratory of Geotechnics, Ghent Univ., Ghent, BE
Ciocci, Maria-Cristina
Department of Industrial System and Product Design, Ghent Univ., Kortrijk, BE
Kišon, Pavol
Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius Univ. Bratislava, Mlynská dolina, Bratislava, SK
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Stock #: GTJ20140121
ISSN: 0149-6115
DOI: 10.1520/GTJ20140121