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Centrifuge Modeling of Unsaturated Flow

Participants: John McCartney, Eduardo Dell'Avanzi

Description: Centrifuge modeling of soil columns under 1g and Ng levels is being conducted to investigate the scaling factors of variables governing unsaturated flow through soil. This project seeks new methodologies for investigating the suction-saturation and suction-hydraulic conductivity curves. The overall objective is to contribute towards understanding of evapotranspirative cover systems.


Dell’Avanzi, E. and Zornberg, J.G. (2002). Solution of Unsaturated Flow for Analysis under Increased Gravitational Field. Geotechnical Research Report, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dell’ Avanzi, E., and Zornberg, J.G. (2002). “Scale Factors for Centrifuge Modeling of Unsaturated Flow.” Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, Recife, Brazil, March 10-13 2002, Vol. 1, pp. 425-430.

McCartney, J.S., and Zornberg, J.G. (2005). “The Centrifuge Permeameter for Unsaturated Soils.” Experus 2005. June 26-29. Trento, Italy.

Zornberg, J.G., and McCartney, J.S. (2005). “The Centrifuge Permeameter for Unsaturated Soils.” U.S. Provisional Patent.

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