A random solid-porous model to simulate the retention curves of soils

Authors

  • Jaime Horta,

    1. Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Centro Universitario, Cerro de las Campanas, Querétaro, Qro., CP, Mexico
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  • Eduardo Rojas,

    Corresponding author
    • Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Centro Universitario, Cerro de las Campanas, Querétaro, Qro., CP, Mexico
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  • María L. Pérez-Rea,

    1. Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Centro Universitario, Cerro de las Campanas, Querétaro, Qro., CP, Mexico
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  • Teresa López,

    1. Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Centro Universitario, Cerro de las Campanas, Querétaro, Qro., CP, Mexico
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  • Juan B. Zaragoza

    1. Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Centro Universitario, Cerro de las Campanas, Querétaro, Qro., CP, Mexico
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Correspondence to: Eduardo Rojas, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Centro Universitario, Cerro de las Campanas, Querétaro, Qro, CP 76010, Mexico.

E-mail: erg@uaq.mx

SUMMARY

This paper describes a random solid-porous model capable of simulating the structure of porous materials. To this purpose, the grain and pore size distributions as well as the void ratio of the material are required. Solids and pores are distributed at random in the model's space according to a size strategy. Herein, the model is used to simulate the retention curves of soils. The Laplace equation is used to determine the size of the pores able to saturate or dry during a wetting or drying process, respectively. The continuous path principle is used to define those elements that effectively saturate or dry during these processes. With this procedure, it is possible to simulate the main retention curves as well as the scanning curves during wetting–drying cycles. Some experimental results reported in the international literature have been used to test the model. This model can be enhanced to study the mechanical behavior of unsaturated soils. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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