Saturated anisotropic hydraulic conductivity of a compacted lateritic soil
Roberto Aguiar dos Santos;Edmundo Rogério Esquivel;Várzea Grande Institute of Engineering, Federal University of Mato Grosso;S?o Carlos School of Engineering, University of S?o Paulo;
This study focuses on the saturated anisotropic hydraulic conductivity of a compacted lateritic clayey sandy soil. The effects of the molding water content and the confining stress on the anisotropic hydraulic conductivity are investigated. The hydraulic conductivity is measured with a flexible-wall permeameter.Samples are dynamically compacted into the three compaction states of a standard Proctor compaction curve: the dry branch, optimum water content and wet branch. Depending on the molding water content and confining stress, the hydraulic conductivity may increase or decrease. In addition, the results indicate that, when the samples are compacted to the optimum water content, lower hydraulic conductivity is obtained, except at a confining stress equal to 50 kPa. The increase of the confining stress decreases the hydraulic conductivity for each of the evaluated compaction states. In the wet branch, horizontal hydraulic conductivity is about 8 times higher than the vertical value. The anisotropic hydraulic conductivities of the dry and wet branches decrease when the confining stress increases, and the opposite is observed in the optimum water content state.
【CateGory Index】： TU43