Improved approach to construct constitutive surfaces for stable-structured soils covering both saturated and unsaturated conditions Academic Article uri icon


  • Constitutive surfaces are indispensable for investigation of the behavior of soils. Saturated and unsaturated soils coexist in most engineering problems and it is meaningful to develop constitutive surfaces covering both saturated and unsaturated conditions which help to investigate the behavior for both saturated and unsaturated soils in a unified way. At present, the methodologies used for saturated and unsaturated soils are different and few researchers consider the constitutive surfaces for saturated soils. For unsaturated soils, the suction-controlled triaxial tests are usually laborious, time consuming, costly, and may not justify routine engineering projects. This paper discusses the role of constitutive surfaces in soil mechanics and presents an improved approach over existing interpolation methods to construct the constitutive surfaces for saturated and unsaturated conditions for a stable-structured soil using simple laboratory tests. 2008 ASCE.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, X., & Briaud, J.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Xiong||Briaud, Jean-Louis

publication date

  • June 2008