Special Issue "Behavior of Expansive Soils and its Shrinkage Cracking"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Claudia E. Zapata

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Guest Editor
Prof. Idil D. Akin

Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
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Guest Editor
Prof. Laureano R. Hoyos

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Geosciences solicits original contributions on expansive soils and their shrinkage cracking mechanisms under different moisture stress (suction) and boundary loading (or constraints) conditions. The goal of this Special Issue is to gather high-quality original research articles, review articles, case histories, as well as short communications on recent advances on the understanding of behaviour of expansive soils and of effects of cracks on their volume change and hydraulic behaviour in the vadose zone (or moisture active zone).

We welcome contributions on fundamental and applied studies in geo-science and geo-engineering research and practice, including:

  • Volume Change:
    • Swelling
    • Shrinkage
    • Volume Change Index (e.g. relationship between volume change and moisture stress)
    • Effects and considerations of cracks on 3D volume change as well as one-dimensional volume change
    • Effects of drying and wetting cycles on volume change
  • Moisture Flow:
    • In a swelling soil
    • In a shrinking soil
    • Hydraulic Conductivity and Moisture Diffusion characteristics
    • Effects and considerations of cracks on moisture flow under swelling as well as shrinking soil conditions
  • Drying Shrinkage Cracks:
    • Occurrence, evolvement, and propagation of cracks (reasons and mechanisms)
    • Behaviour of cracks under moisture stress and boundary loading conditions
    • Effects of drying and wetting cycles on cracking
  • Stabilization of Swelling and Shrinking Soils:
    • Chemical/biological stabilization
    • Mechanical/physical stabilization

Studies involving various levels of coupling (fully coupled models; sequentially coupled models, etc.) between the moisture flow and volume change with and without the effects of cracks in the unsaturated zone are also welcome.

Prof. Claudia E. Zapata
Prof. Idil D. Akin
Prof. Laureano R. Hoyos
Guest Editors

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  • Expansive Soils
  • Swelling Soils
  • Soil Shrinkage
  • Volume Change
  • Moisture Flow
  • Unsaturated Soils
  • Partly-Saturated Soils
  • Cracks
  • Shrinkage Cracks
  • Drying Shrinkage
  • Vadose Zone
  • Moisture Active Zone

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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