Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754


A review of experimental studies on double-porosity soils

Su Kong Ngien1,2*, Norhan Abd. Rahman1,3, Kamarudin Ahmad1 and Roland W. Lewis4
1Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Skudai, Johor, Malaysia. 2School of Engineering and Built Environment, SEGi University, 47810 Kota Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia. 3College of Engineering, Taibah University, 30002 Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 4School of Engineering, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP United Kingdom.
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  •  Accepted: 14 September 2012
  •  Published: 27 September 2012


Double-porosity is an important characteristic in soil that is found to influence the migration of fluids within the soil. Of late, a number of laboratory experiment studies have been carried out on the flow of water through soil media with double-porosity characteristics as well as on the mechanical aspects of the double-porosity structure of the soil. This paper first introduces the double-porosity concept as apposite to soil and then presents a review of the experimental studies mentioned. It is concluded that there is still a significant gap in the literature with regards to laboratory experiments conducted in double-porosity soil using liquids that are immiscible with water.


Key words: Aggregated soil, dual-porosity, fluid flow, porous media.