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Abstract : Problems related to unsaturated soils are frequently encountered in geotechnical or environmental engineering works.
In most cases, for the purpose of simplicity, the problems are studied by considering the suction effects on volume change or shear strength under isothermal conditions.
Under isothermal condition, very often, a temperature independent water retention curve is considered in the analysis, which is obviously a simplification.
When the temperature changes are too significant to be neglected, it is necessary to account for the thermal effects.
In this paper, a method for controlling suction using the vapour equilibrium technique at different temperatures is presented.
First, calibration of various saturated saline solutions was carried out from temperature of 20°C to 60°C.
A mirror psychrometer was used for the measurement of relative humidity generated by saturated saline solutions at different temperatures.
The results obtained are in good agreement with the data from the literature.
This information was then used to determine the water retention properties of MX80 clay, which showed that the retention curve is shifting down with increasing of temperature.


Keywords : vapour equilibrium technique hygrometer water retention curve temperature effects compacted bentonite





Author: Anh Minh Tang - Yu-Jun Cui -

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