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Patterns of cracking in soils due to drying and wetting cycles

Author
Ledesma, A.; Cordero, J.A.; Cuadrado, A.; Prat, P.
Type of activity
Presentation of work at congresses
Name of edition
6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils
Date of publication
2014
Presentation's date
2014-07-02
Book of congress proceedings
Unsaturated soils: research & applications: 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT2014): Sydney, Australia: july 2-4, 2014: proceedings
First page
381
Last page
387
Publisher
CRC Press
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1201/b17034-53 Open in new window
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/85063 Open in new window
URL
http://www.crcnetbase.com/doi/abs/10.1201/b17034-53 Open in new window
Abstract
There is a well reported evidence of cracking in clayey or silty soils when drying. Shrinkage in the soil mass and also boundary conditions generate a nonhomogeneous stress state locally producing tensile stresses and eventually cracking. This process has been analysed in detail by several authors. However, the evolution of such cracks due to further relative humidity changes (i.e. wetting and drying again) has been rarely considered in the reported experiments. This paper describes a particular...
Citation
Ledesma, A., Cordero, J.A., Cuadrado, A., Prat, P. Patterns of cracking in soils due to drying and wetting cycles. A: International Conference on Unsaturated Soils. "Unsaturated Soils: Research & Applications". Sydney: CRC Press, 2014, p. 381-387.
Group of research
MECMAT - Mechanics of Materials
MSR - Soil and Rock Mechanics

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