The effect of wetting-drying cycles on deformation characteristics of an unsaturated clay model slope is investigated in this study. The model slope was compacted using kaolin clay mixed with thirty percent of fine sand. The deformations of slope were measured using particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique. The test results revealed that the model slope deforms mainly within a depth of 300 mm and the displacements of soil mass are nearly perpendicular to slope surface in the first two cycles. Such displacements, however, vanish gradually in the subsequent cycles. On the other hand, the magnitude of displacement along slope surface increases with the number of wetting-drying cycles. The depth affected by wetting-drying cycles increases gradually with the number of wetting-drying cycles and becomes stable finally.
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