Measurement of matric suction using tensiometric and axis translation techniques

F.A.M. Marinho, W.A. Take, Alessandro Tarantino

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Experimental equipment for the measurement of matric suction in unsaturated soils using hydraulic tensiometers and the axis translation technique share a common working principle; that is, the measurement of a pressure differential across a high air entry porous ceramic. In this paper, the current state of the art in these two suction measurement techniques is presented and discussed together with the underlying physics thereby giving the reader the necessary basis to use and interpret the results obtained from those two techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-631
Number of pages17
JournalGeotechnical and Geological Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • tensiometer cavitation suction
  • axis translation technique
  • water retention curve
  • unsaturated soil


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