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Characterization of the Hydraulic Properties of Unsaturated Soils

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Technical Journal Publications
  • Zornberg, J.G. and McCartney, J.S. (2010). “Centrifuge Permeameter for Unsaturated Soils I: Theory and Experimental Philosophy.” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  136(8), 1051-1063. (Awarded the 2012 J. James R. Croes Medal from ASCE) (link)
  • McCartney, J.S. and Zornberg, J.G. (2010). “Centrifuge Permeameter for Unsaturated Soils II: Results and Analysis.” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  136(8), 1064-1076. (link)
  • McCartney, J.S. and Znidarcic, D. (2010). “Test System for Hydraulic Properties of Unsaturated Nonwoven Geotextiles.” Geosynthetics International. 17(5), 355-363. (link)
  • Parks, J.M., Stewart, M.A., and McCartney, J.S. (2012). “Validation of a Centrifuge Permeameter for Investigation of Transient Infiltration and Drainage Flow Processes in Unsaturated Soils.” ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. Special Issue on Advances in Experimental Characterization of Unsaturated Soils, Volume 2. 35(1), 1-11. 
Technical Conference Publications
  • McCartney, J.S., and Zornberg, J.G. (2005). “The Centrifuge Permeameter for Unsaturated Soils (CPUS).” Proceedings of the International Symposium on Advanced Experimental Unsaturated Soil Mechanics (Experus 2005). Trento, Italy. Jun. 27-29. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam. pp. 299-304. (link)
  • McCartney, J.S., and Zornberg, J.G. (2006) “TDR System for Hydraulic Characterization of Unsaturated Soils in the Centrifuge.” Proceedings of the TDR 2006: 3rd International Symposium and Workshop on Time Domain Reflectometry for Innovative Soils Applications. West Lafayette, IN. Sep. 11-17. pp. 1-12. (CD-ROM). (link)
  • McCartney, J.S., Villar, L.F.S., and Zornberg, J.G. (2007). “Estimation of the Hydraulic Conductivity Function of Unsaturated Clays using Infiltration Column Tests.” Proceedings of the 6th Brazilian Symposium on Unsaturated Soils. Salvador, Brazil. Nov. 1-3. Vol. 1, pp. 321-328. (link)
  • Pozzato, A., Tarantino, A., McCartney, J. S and Zornberg, J.G. (2008). “Effect of Dry Density on the Relationship between Water content and TDR-Measured Apparent Dielectric Permittivity in Compacted Clay.” Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E UNSAT 2008). Durham, United Kingdom. Jul. 2-4. Taylor and Francis Group, London. pp. 173-179. (CD-ROM). (link)
  • McCartney, J.S. and Parks, J.M. (2009). “Uncertainty in Predicted Hydraulic Conductivity Functions of Unsaturated Soils.” Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Alexandria, Egypt. Oct. 3-8. IOS Press. pp. 1618-1621. (link)
  • Timms, W., Whelan, M., Acworth, I., McGeeney, D., Bouzalakos, S., Crane, R., McCartney, J.S., and Hartland, A. (2014). “A Novel Centrifuge Permeameter to Characterize Flow through Low Permeability Strata.” Physical Modeling in Geotechnics: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. Perth, Australia. Jan. 14-17. C. Gaudin and D. White, eds. Taylor and Francis. London. 193-200. (link)
Invited Papers and Articles (Non-refereed)
  • McCartney, J.S. and Benson, C.H. (2011). “Laboratory Testing of Unsaturated Soils: A Primer.” GeoStrata: The Magazine of the GeoInstitute of ASCE. Special Issue on Unsaturated Soils. Jan.-Feb. 2011 Issue. 15 (1), 19-20, 22-13. (link)
  • Zornberg, J.G., McCartney, J.S. U.S. Patent No. 7,367,218, “Centrifuge Permeameter for Unsaturated Soils System, Patent.” UT Ref. UTAU 1142. Issued on May 06, 2008.  
Research Reports
  • McCartney, J.S. (2007) Determination of the Hydraulic Characteristics of Unsaturated Soils using a Centrifuge Permeameter. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Texas At Austin. (link)