Experimental Unsaturated Soil Mechanics highlights experimental methods for testing unsaturated soils, focusing on measurement of thermal, hydraulic and mechanical properties. Covering the most up-to-date methods, this book focuses on the correct test applications and results analysis.
In the first chapter, the author discusses the motivation to research and study unsaturated soils and the role of experimental methods. Chapter two provides a review of the physics of soil-water-air interactions including soil thermodynamics and phase relationships. Chapter three provides a comprehensive coverage of the measurement of hydraulic and thermal properties of Unsaturated Soils, including theory of flow processes, key variables, and hydraulic properties measurement. Chapter four covers measurements of volume change in unsaturated soils including thermal volume change. Chapter five covers the measurement of strength of Unsaturated Soils. The final chapter deals with the measurement of dynamic properties.
Researchers and practitioners in Geotechnical Engineering will benefit from the standardized approach to a vast selection of testing methods with associated results analysis. The contents of the book also provide great foundation for the work on Energy Geotechnics. Hydrologists, soil scientists and agricultural engineers can also benefit from the contents of this book.
- Describes the main experimental methods used for examining unsaturated soils
- Uncovers linkages between the hydraulic, thermal and mechanical behavior of soils through the effective stress concept
- Includes the latest development in measurement techniques and stress-strain law relationships
1. Introduction and Motivation for Studying Unsaturated Soils 2. Review of Physics of Soil-Water-Air Interaction in Unsaturated Soils 3. Measurement of Hydraulic and Thermal Properties of Unsaturated Soils 4. Measurement of Volume Change of Unsaturated Soils 5. Measurement of Strength in Unsaturated Soils 6. Measurement of Dynamic Properties of Unsaturated Soils
John S. McCartney is the Associate Professor in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California San Diego. His research in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering focuses on unsaturated soil mechanics, geosynthetics, and problems at the interface between geothermal energy and geotechnical engineering, and foundation engineering.
He has received several research awards, including the Walter L. Huber Research Prize from ASCE in 2016, the Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from ASCE in 2013, the J. James R. Croes medal from ASCE in 2012, the DFI Young Professor Award in 2012, the NSF Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award in 2011, and the Young IGS Award from the International Geosynthetics Society in 2008. His teaching efforts were recognized by the 2012 Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in Teaching of Geotechnical Engineering. For his service on ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, he has received the President's Leadership Award in 2013 and the Richard S. Ladd D18 Standards Development Award in 2011.
He is active on the editorial boards for ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (JGGE), ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal (GTJ), Computers and Geotechnics, Geosynthetics International, Soils and Foundations, Géotechnique Letters, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, and the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. He received BSCE and MSCE degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2003 and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.