Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky, Brian Marker


  • Mihaela StãnciucuEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73568-9_42


Capillarity in soils refers to the upward flow of water above the groundwater table.

This natural phenomenon of prevailing ascent of water in soil pores was compared, from the first decades of research, with the capillary rise of water in fine bore tubes (Fredlund and Rahardjo 1993). In order to describe this state of water movement in soils, a capillary model must be defined in terms of capillary height and capillary pressure (see Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering Geology, Faculty of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania