Measurement of Matric Suction Using Tensiometric and Axis Translation Techniques

  • F. A. M. MarinhoEmail author
  • W. A. Take
  • A. Tarantino
Original Paper


Experimental equipment for the measurement of matric suction in unsaturated soils using hydraulic tensiometers and the axis translation technique share a common working principle; that is, the measurement of a pressure differential across a high air entry porous ceramic. In this paper, the current state of the art in these two suction measurement techniques is presented and discussed together with the underlying physics thereby giving the reader the necessary basis to use and interpret the results obtained from those two techniques.


Tensiometer Cavitation Suction Axis translation technique Unsaturated soil Water retention curve 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade de Sao Paulo, Prédio da Engenharia Civil – PEFSão PauloBrasil
  2. 2.Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  3. 3.Università degli Studi di TrentoTrentoItaly

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