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The Influence of Drying-Wetting Cycles on the Suction Stress of Compacted Loess and the Associated Microscopic Mechanism

by 1,2, 1,2,*, 1,2, 1,2, 1,2, 1,2 and 1,2
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College of Geological Engineering and Geomatics, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710054, China
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Key Lab of Western Geological Resources and Geoengineering under Ministry of Education, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710054, China
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Academic Editors: Renato Morbidelli and Giuseppe Ciraolo
Water 2021, 13(13), 1809; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13131809
Received: 26 April 2021 / Revised: 4 June 2021 / Accepted: 28 June 2021 / Published: 29 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Hydrology)
To better understand and analyze the unsaturated stability of loess filling body, it is necessary to study the changes in suction stress before and after the drying-wetting cycles. In this study, the SWCC of compacted loess before and after drying-wetting cycles was tested using the filter paper method. Then, the suction stress was calculated and the microstructure of the loess sample was determined by the SEM and NMR. The results showed that the drying-wetting cycles had an important influence on the SSCC and microstructure of compacted loess. The change in suction stress before and after the drying-wetting cycles can be well explained by the loess microstructure. The drying-wetting cycles did not significantly change the basic trend of the compacted loess’s SSCC, but it increased the porosity and the dominant pore diameter of loess, and reduced the suction stress under the same matric suction. The main significant change in suction stress with matric suction occurred within the range of the dominant soil pores. The larger the dominant pore diameter, the smaller the suction stress under the same matric suction. In addition, this study proposes a new method for calculating suction stress based on the PSD parameters. View Full-Text
Keywords: compacted loess; drying-wetting cycles; suction stress characteristic curve; microstructure; pore size distribution; new computational model compacted loess; drying-wetting cycles; suction stress characteristic curve; microstructure; pore size distribution; new computational model
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Nie, Y.; Ni, W.; Li, X.; Wang, H.; Yuan, K.; Guo, Y.; Tuo, W. The Influence of Drying-Wetting Cycles on the Suction Stress of Compacted Loess and the Associated Microscopic Mechanism. Water 2021, 13, 1809. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13131809

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Nie Y, Ni W, Li X, Wang H, Yuan K, Guo Y, Tuo W. The Influence of Drying-Wetting Cycles on the Suction Stress of Compacted Loess and the Associated Microscopic Mechanism. Water. 2021; 13(13):1809. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13131809

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Nie, Yongpeng, Wankui Ni, Xiangning Li, Haiman Wang, Kangze Yuan, Yexia Guo, and Wenxin Tuo. 2021. "The Influence of Drying-Wetting Cycles on the Suction Stress of Compacted Loess and the Associated Microscopic Mechanism" Water 13, no. 13: 1809. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13131809

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