Towards the development on new high capacity tensiometers capable of measuring soil matric suction beyond 3 MPa

Mendes, Joao, Najdi, Abdallah, Encalada, David, Prat, Pere and Ledesma, Alberto (2022) Towards the development on new high capacity tensiometers capable of measuring soil matric suction beyond 3 MPa. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 59 (9). pp. 1539-1552. ISSN 0008-3674


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High capacity tensiometers (HCT) are the only type of sensors in existence that can measure soil matric suction directly and are regarded to be the most accurate and reliable technique for the study of suction evolution in unsaturated soils. The measurement with HCTs is possible due to their design, composed of ceramic filter with a specific air entry value (AEV), small water reservoir, and pressure transducer. Where, the AEV of the ceramic filter, more precisely the largest pore size within the ceramic, plays the most important role in controlling the measuring range of HCTs. Specifically, decreasing the largest pore size within the ceramic results in an increase in the measuring range. In this work, a new development in HCTs is presented whereby the ceramic filter in HCTs was replaced from the typically used 1.5 MPa AEV ceramic filter with a new alumina ceramic filter with an estimated AEV of 3.5 MPa. To assess the performance of the new ceramic filter, similar designed HCTs were assembled with the Soilmoisture Equipment Corp. 1.5 MPa AEV and the new alumina ceramic filters. Early results show that the maximum measuring matric suction range is beyond 3 MPa for HCTs assembled with the new alumina ceramic filter.

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Additional Information: Funding information: The financial contribution of the Northumbria University Faculty of Engineering and Environment and the Northumbria University Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering MCE QR 550 Steering Funds are greatly acknowledged. The financial contribution of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities including FEDER funds from the European Commission – BIA2017-82594-R – is gratefully acknowledged.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soil suction measurement, High Capacity Tensiometers, Unsaturated soils
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 11:02
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2022 14:45

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