Temperature effects on fine-grained soil erodibility

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dc.contributor.author Al-Ali, Abdullah Mubarak Abdulmohsen
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-18T18:58:56Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-18T18:58:56Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32514
dc.description.abstract Recent climate changes may affect the stability of our infrastructure in many ways. This study investigated the effects of fine-grained soil temperature on erosion rate. If climate change is shown to affect the erodibility of soils the impacts must be identified to monitor the stability of existing infrastructure, improve design of levees and structures founded in erosive environments, and to prevent sediment loss and stream meanders. Fine-grained soil erosion is complicated by the dynamic linkage of multiple parameters, including physical, biological and geochemical properties. This study held constant all parameters that influence fine-grained soil erodibility while only varying soil temperature in order to study the effects it has on erodibility. This study also confirmed previous findings that water temperature affects soil erodibility. The main objective of this study was to investigate the effects of fine-grained soil temperature on erosion rate. This study also instrumented a turbidity sensor to reliably map soil erosion. Based on this research, the conclusion was made that an increase in soil temperature increases soil erosion rate. The turbidity sensor was a valuable tool for comparing soil erosion. Future studies should investigate the effects soil temperatures below room temperature, the magnitude of temperature increase or decrease, and the effects of cyclic heating and cooling on fine grained soil erodibility. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Erosion en_US
dc.subject Fine-grained soil en_US
dc.subject Temperature Effects en_US
dc.subject Erosion Function Apparatus en_US
dc.subject EFA en_US
dc.title Temperature effects on fine-grained soil erodibility en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Civil Engineering en_US
dc.description.advisor Stacey Tucker en_US
dc.date.published 2016 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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