Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 86, Issue 2, pp 537–557 | Cite as

Linear Elastic Wave Propagation in Unsaturated Sands, Silts, Loams and Clays

  • Bettina Albers


Due to its propitious material properties sandstone is the most studied porous medium for the investigation of linear wave propagation. However, in practical applications the behavior of other soil types, i.e., especially the three main soil types sand, silt, and clay, are much more important. Therefore, the model for partially saturated soils introduced by Albers (Habilitation Thesis, 2010a) is applied to 11 soil types classified in the German standard DIN 4220 to obtain information on the phase velocities and attenuations of the three longitudinal waves and the shear wave appearing in such media.


Unsaturated soils Wave propagation Porous media Main soil types 


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  1. 1.Institute for Geotechnical Engineering and Soil MechanicsTechnical University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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