Fundamental Challenges in Unsaturated Soil Mechanics

William J. Likos, Xiaoyu Song, Ming Xiao, Amy Cerato, Ning Lu

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Fundamental challenges in unsaturated soil mechanics have been identified in four major areas: Quantifying internal stress state, developing a new paradigm for soil classification, developing new computational and theoretical constructs for unsaturated soil behavior, and tackling emerging problems in geotechnical engineering practice from the perspective of unsaturated soil mechanics. This chapter addresses each of these needs by critically reviewing some of the history in each area and summarizing recent research advances as current understanding of unsaturated soil behavior continues to evolve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages28
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
ISSN (Print)1866-8755
ISSN (Electronic)1866-8763

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


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