Experimental Evidence and Theoretical Approaches in Unsaturated Soils : Proceedings of an international workshop on unsaturated soils

Tarantino, Alessandro and Mancuso, Claudio (2000) Experimental Evidence and Theoretical Approaches in Unsaturated Soils : Proceedings of an international workshop on unsaturated soils. In: International Workshop on Unsaturated Soils: Experimental Evidence and Theoretical Approaches, 2012-04-10 - 2012-04-12.

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Abstract

We happen to be involved in research. But research does not always lead to experimental results and numerical simulations that are in good agreement with each other. Research is also studded with errors, results that are difficult to interpret and theories that go nowhere. Whether working in a laboratory, struggling with apparatus that sometimes makes fun of us, or using a computer that refuses to co-operate and returns nothing but error messages, we understood one important thing. No research can be carried out alone. We need to share ideas, troubles, and doubts. This was the essence of the work-shop that took place in Trento on 10-12 April 2000. In line with the aim of the workshop, sufficient time was allowed for each speaker to give a detailed presentation. Each presentation was then followed by an equal amount of time that was given to the audience for discussion. In this respect, we wish to thank the discussion leaders of the three sections of the workshop, who led the long debate fol-lowing each presentation. As pointed out above, research needs to be fed by continuous discussion. Thus we also wish to thank the more experienced researchers, often co-authors of the papers presented in this book, for giving us the opportunity to think further. The works published in this book have been revised following comments, discussion and suggestions from the audience and post conference referee. Authors were invited not to be afraid of presenting works still under-way, highlighting limitations and black-points of their experimental and theoretical research. We hope this will be of help to other researchers. At the same time, we are aware that the reader of this book will expect to find some advances in unsaturated soil mechanics. We are confident her or his expectations will not be disappointed.