Geotechnical properties of sucrose-saturated fused quartz for use in physical modeling

Ivan L. Guzman, Magued Iskander

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Abstract

This study presents the geotechnical properties of a synthetic transparent soil made of fused quartz saturated with a water-based sucrose solution that is suitable for modeling the behavior of sand in small-scale model tests. Geotechnical properties presented include particle size, dry density, peak angle of friction, hydraulic conductivity, and compressibility index. Sucrose is inert and non-toxic, which facilitates its use in educational settings. The availability of a safe and easy-to-use transparent sand permits measurement of three-dimensional deformation patterns and flow characteristics in controlled research experiments. The introduction of an aqueous solution permits the use of two immiscible pore fluids, one made of mineral oil and the other made of a sucrose solution, for modeling multi-phase flow problems, as well as coupled flow-deformation problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGeotechnical Testing Journal
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

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geotechnical property
Sugar (sucrose)
sucrose
Quartz
quartz
Sand
modeling
sand
dry density
Mineral oils
Multiphase flow
multiphase flow
Hydraulic conductivity
compressibility
Compressibility
model test
hydraulic conductivity
friction
aqueous solution
Particle size

Keywords

  • Laboratory tests
  • Physical modeling
  • Sands
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Transparent soil
  • Vadose zone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Geotechnical properties of sucrose-saturated fused quartz for use in physical modeling. / Guzman, Ivan L.; Iskander, Magued.

In: Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 36, No. 3, 05.2013.

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