Exploring desiccation cracks in soils using a 2D profile laser device

Marcelo Sanchez, Alvis Atique, Sewon Kim, Enrique Romero, Marcin Zielinski

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Abstract

The study of desiccation cracks in soils has been a subject of increasing attention in recent research. This paper presents the use of a 2D profile laser that is coupled with a motion controller (that allows scanning the overall surface of a drying soil) and electronic balance (to measure the water loss). The aim is to accurately track the three most relevant variables associated with the behavior 14 of soils during desiccation: volume change, water loss and evolving crack network’s morphology. The paper presents the methodology to obtain a digital model of the soil using the experimental setup described above. The main results of a natural soil subjected to drying are presented and discussed, including evolution of cracks aperture; evolution of cracks depth, surface contour levels (at different times); and evolution of volume change. It is shown that the proposed methodology provides very useful information for studying the behavior of soils subjected to desiccation.
LanguageEnglish
Pages583-596
Number of pages14
JournalActa Geotechnica
Volume8
Issue number6
Early online date12 Oct 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • drying cracks
  • soil desiccation
  • volume shrinkage
  • laser scanner

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Sanchez, M., Atique, A., Kim, S., Romero, E., & Zielinski, M. (2013). Exploring desiccation cracks in soils using a 2D profile laser device. Acta Geotechnica, 8(6), 583-596. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11440-013-0272-1
Sanchez, Marcelo ; Atique, Alvis ; Kim, Sewon ; Romero, Enrique ; Zielinski, Marcin. / Exploring desiccation cracks in soils using a 2D profile laser device. In: Acta Geotechnica. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 6. pp. 583-596.
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Sanchez, M, Atique, A, Kim, S, Romero, E & Zielinski, M 2013, 'Exploring desiccation cracks in soils using a 2D profile laser device' Acta Geotechnica, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 583-596. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11440-013-0272-1

Exploring desiccation cracks in soils using a 2D profile laser device. / Sanchez, Marcelo; Atique, Alvis; Kim, Sewon; Romero, Enrique; Zielinski, Marcin.

In: Acta Geotechnica, Vol. 8, No. 6, 2013, p. 583-596.

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