Devices that simultaneously facilitate controlling suction and applying a net stress on soil specimen provide soil–water characteristic curves (SWCCs) in terms of both the water content and degree of saturation, and volumetric deformations at various applied suctions. Such tests determine the water content of soil specimens based on the measured water volume changes at various applied suctions. However, studies have shown disagreements between the water volume–based calculated water content and the actual water content of soil specimens determined by the oven-drying method. Testing multiple soil specimens at predetermined suctions and measuring water content by the oven-drying method can overcome this but are a time-consuming approach. In this study, the impact of testing single and multiple soil specimens on the subsequently determined suction-water content and suction-degree of saturation SWCCs for the wetting process were studied. Statically compacted specimens of a sandy clay were used for establishing SWCCs using a suction control oedometer. Differences were noted between the calculated and measured water content and degree of saturation for an applied suction range of 0 to 95 kPa. Differences were noted between the SWCC fitting parameters obtained from the test results of single and multiple soil specimens. Statistical analysis suggested the differences between the results from single and multiple soil specimens testing were not significant. Corrections applied to the water volume change measurements were found to minimize these differences.
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