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Suction measurements of a sandy-clay soil with the filter paper technique

Mendes, J.; Gallipoli, D.; Augarde, C.E.; Toll, D.G.; Medero, G.


J. Mendes

D. Gallipoli

D.G. Toll

G. Medero


This paper presents a study of the soil water retention curves of a sandy clay soil compacted at different water contents. The suction measurements were obtained using the filter paper and the psychrometer methods. For each compaction condition, the change in suction of the soil samples was measured when varying the water content from the initial “as-compacted” state via drying or wetting. The soil tested in this work is that used for the construction of an instrumented embankment built for research purposes at Nafferton farm near Newcastle (UK) as part of a cooperative project (BIONICS) aimed at investigating the biological and engineering impacts of climate change on slopes.


Mendes, J., Gallipoli, D., Augarde, C., Toll, D., & Medero, G. (2007). Suction measurements of a sandy-clay soil with the filter paper technique.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 6th Brazilian Symposium of Unsaturated Soils, NSAT2007
Start Date Aug 22, 2007
End Date Aug 24, 2007
Publication Date Jan 1, 2007
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2008
Keywords Suction, Filter paper, Psychrometer, Compaction.
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