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.
- drying cracks
- soil desiccation
- volume shrinkage
- laser scanner
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