Transparent soils turn 25: Past, present, and future

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Transparent soils debuted in 1993. Since their introduction, they have established their utility as a useful tool for physical modelling of (1) soil-structure interaction, (2) saturated-unsaturated hydraulic behavior, and (3) thermal processes in soils. This paper traces the history of the development of transparent soil surrogates and provides a brief literature review to aid new users interested in adopting transparent soils for use in laboratory 1g bench-scale and centrifuge tests to investigate a variety of geotechnical applications. The paper also looks to the future to anticipate where further developments in these materials and complementary technologies may be expected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhysical Modelling in Geotechnics
EditorsAndrew McNamara, Sam Divall, Richard Goodey, Neil Taylor, Sarah Stallebrass, Jignasha Panchal
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138559752
StatePublished - 2018
Event9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICPMG 2018 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 17 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NamePhysical Modelling in Geotechnics


Conference9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, ICPMG 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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