American Society of Civil Engineers

Random Nature of Soil Porosity and Related Properties

by Kingsley Harrop-Williams, M.ASCE, (Sr. Staff Member, The BDM Corp., McLean, VA 22102)

Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 115, No. 5, May 1989, pp. 1129-1133, (doi:

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Document type: Technical Note
Discussion: by Gabriel Auvinet    (See full record)
Abstract: The random nature of soil is examined from a particulate approach. It is shown that the probability distribution of the porosity, void ratio, unit weight, and water content are beta or beta-like and closely modeled by the normal.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Soil mechanics
Water content