Infiltration characteristics of chemically-treated water-repellent kaolin

Youngmin Choi, Sanghyeong Lim, Tae Sup Yun, Woojin Lee, Changho Lee

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Degree of water repellency significantly influences the infiltration behavior of water-repellent soils. In this study, the chemically treated water-repellent kaolin clays with different concentrations (CO) of an organosilane solution are examined to explore the effect of water repellency on its infiltration characteristics. Experimental results show that the soil-water contact angle tends to increase with increasing CO until CO = 5%, and then shows an almost constant value with increasing CO. The water infiltration time (WIT) results show that water infiltration resistance is significantly improved by organosilane treatment (CO ≥ 5%) under low hydrostatic pressure (WP). However, as the hydrostatic pressure increases, WIT is converged (CO = 5%) or exacerbated (CO = 10% and 20%) to the WIT of untreated clay. The different behaviors of infiltration are discussed in terms of wetting patterns. The findings can be used to improve a conventional hydraulic barrier system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-735
Number of pages6
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue numberGSP 280
Publication statusPublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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