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Experimental Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

  • T. Schanz
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 112)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Microstructure and Fabric

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-56
    2. Khelifa Abbeche, Farid Hammoud, Tahar Ayadat
      Pages 3-9
    3. Ghazi Mokdad, Omran Alshihabi, Leo Stroosnijder
      Pages 33-40
    4. Rafael Monroy, Lidija Zdravkovic, Andrew Ridley
      Pages 41-48
    5. Giacomo Russo, Sebastiana Dal Vecchio, Giuseppe Mascolo
      Pages 49-56
  3. Measuring Suction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-115
    2. Setianto Samingan Agus, Tom Schanz
      Pages 59-70
    3. Gaylon S. Campbell, David M. Smith, Brody L. Teare
      Pages 71-77
    4. Rafaela Cardoso, Enrique Romero, Analice Lima, Alessio Ferrari
      Pages 79-93
    5. S’ergio Lourenço, Domenico Gallipoli, David Toll, Fred Evans, Gabriela Medero
      Pages 95-102
    6. Cl’audio Fernando Mahler, Abdoul Aziz Diene
      Pages 103-115
  4. Strength and Dilatancy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-226
    2. Eduardo E. Alonso, Enrique F. Ortega Iturralde, Enrique E. Romero
      Pages 119-135
    3. Ali R. Estabragh, Akbar A. Javadi
      Pages 153-159
    4. Grégoire Priol, Vincenzo De Gennaro, Pierre Delage, Thibaut Servant
      Pages 161-167

About these proceedings


These proceedings are a continuation of the series of International Conferences in Germany entitled "Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils." The primary objective is to discuss and understand unsaturated soil behaviour such that engineered activities are made better with times in terms of judgement and quality. We all realise by now that in addition to the knowledge on the classical concepts, it becomes an enormous challenging task to adapt convincing new concepts and present them in such a way that it could be used in engineering practices.

The experimental studies reported primarily focus on the role of microstructure and fabric for the complex coupled hydro-mechanical behaviour of cohesive frictional materials. Several papers consider the relevance of temperature affecting the constitutive behaviour of clays. Common features of state of the art theoretical and numerical approaches, including theory of porous media and mixture theory, intend to describe the complex multi-field problems of fully coupled thermo-hydraulic-mechanical-chemical initial - boundary value problems. Applications include highly toxic waste disposals, slope stability problems and contaminants transport in porous media.

These proceedings would have been not possible without financial support by the German Research Foundation (DFG). We gratefully acknowledge the support of ISSMGE, especially TC6 "Unsaturated Soils".


Analysis contaminant landfill layers mechanics model modeling porous media soil mechanics stability verification

Editors and affiliations

  • T. Schanz
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Soil MechanicsBauhaus- Universität WeimarWeimarGermany

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From the reviews: “Experimental Unsaturated Soil Mechanics is a compilation of papers from the second in a series of international conferences entitled ‘Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils’ held at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany, first in 2003 and later in 2007. … the book is as an informative practical introduction to researchers, graduate students, and engineering practitioners interested in the characterization and mechanical behavior of unsaturated soils.” (William J. Likos, Vadose Zone Journal, Vol. 9 (1), February, 2010)