Soil Water Retention Surface Determination Using a New Triaxial Testing System

  • Lin LiEmail author
  • Xiong Zhang
  • Peng Li
Conference paper


The soil water retention curve has been widely used to characterize the relationship between the water content and the soil water potential. The conventional pressure plate method for the soil water retention curve determination is very time consuming. Also, soil volume change during testing is not available. Recently, a new triaxial testing system has been developed for unsaturated soil characterization. In this study, this new system was utilized to determine the soil water retention surface through a series of constant water content consolidation tests on unsaturated soils with different moisture contents. Results from these tests indicate that the new triaxial system is a time-efficent option for soil water retention surface determination.


Soil water retention surface Triaxial test High-suction tensiometer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.Missouri University of Science and TechnologyRollaUSA
  3. 3.Chang’an UniversityXi’anChina

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