MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 337, 2021PanAm-Unsat 2021: 3rd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Fundamentals and Experimental Investigations|
|Published online||26 April 2021|
Evaluation of time response of GMS for soil suction measurement
1 Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto de Geociências, São Paulo, Brazil
2 Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto de Geociências, Departamento de Geologia Sedimentar e Ambiental, São Paulo, Brazil
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The Granular Matrix Sensor (GMS) is an indirect method for soil suction measurement. Since GMS is comparatively inexpensive, robust and usually provide continuous soil suction data, it is a natural candidate for civil engineering practice. The sensor has been used mainly for irrigation purposes, and also for some civil engineering activities. Questions about its effectiveness and reliability are still posed, making studies about this topic desirable. This study presents a laboratory comparison between Watermark and an ordinary tensiometer during an equilibrium period and for a wetting procedure performed in a compacted sandy silt soil (residual soil of gneiss). The results yielded that GMS may provide tensiometer equivalent suction values in a context of no significant water content variation. However, it takes a longer time to obtain stabilized suction values. During the wetting procedure, GMS presented a delay of about 2 h in detecting water while tensiometer detection was almost instantaneous.
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