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Hadas, A., Univ of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA, Univ of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
Stability and strength of soil structure depend on soil constituents and the manner in which they interact with each other. Some constituents, such as CaCO//3, organic matter (OM), and Fe oxide act as cementing agents. Soil structure strength dependence on those soil constituents was studied. Apparent and 'true' surface energy of a soil was defined as the amount of energy required to produce a new unit of surface area or propagate a crack, respectively. These energy values were determined by modifying Sack's (1946) and Griffith's (1924) theory to data obtained from brittle fracture tests on molded soil samples from 16 soils varying in clay, OM, CaCO//3, and Fe//2O//3 contents. A negative linear relationship between the apparent surface energy and the pore radius at air entry was found. Possible new research directions are discussed in view of the data presented.
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DEPENDENCE OF 'TRUE' SURFACE ENERGY OF SOILS ON AIR ENTRY PORE SIZE AND CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS.
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Hadas, A., Univ of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA, Univ of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
DEPENDENCE OF 'TRUE' SURFACE ENERGY OF SOILS ON AIR ENTRY PORE SIZE AND CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS.
Stability and strength of soil structure depend on soil constituents and the manner in which they interact with each other. Some constituents, such as CaCO//3, organic matter (OM), and Fe oxide act as cementing agents. Soil structure strength dependence on those soil constituents was studied. Apparent and 'true' surface energy of a soil was defined as the amount of energy required to produce a new unit of surface area or propagate a crack, respectively. These energy values were determined by modifying Sack's (1946) and Griffith's (1924) theory to data obtained from brittle fracture tests on molded soil samples from 16 soils varying in clay, OM, CaCO//3, and Fe//2O//3 contents. A negative linear relationship between the apparent surface energy and the pore radius at air entry was found. Possible new research directions are discussed in view of the data presented.
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