Swell-shrink and strength behaviors of lime and cement stabilized expansive organic clays

Saride, Sireesh and Puppala, A J and Chikyala, S R (2013) Swell-shrink and strength behaviors of lime and cement stabilized expansive organic clays. Applied Clay Science, 85 (1). pp. 39-45. ISSN 0169-1317

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Organic soils are mostly composed of decayed plant matter and weathered rock material. Often, these soils are known for their inferior engineering behavior including very high compressibility and low shear strength. In order to improve these properties, organic soils are, by and large, modified with calcium based stabilizers such as lime, cement and fly ash. However, transportation agencies in the United States have mentioned that the anticipated improvements were never achieved or the improvement obtained disappeared quickly with time. Therefore, a research study was initiated to understand the behavioral mechanisms of lime and cement stabilized organic soils. Eight natural expansive soils bearing different organic contents (varying between 2 and 6%) were selected for the present investigation. First, optimum dosages of lime and cement were determined for the selected soils. Then treated and untreated (control) specimens were prepared to study their physical and engineering behaviors of the soil specimens at varied curing periods. There is a drastic increase in unconfined compressive strength (UCS) of lime and cement treated specimens until 28. days of curing. Beyond which, a negligible improvement in UCS property was recorded for lime treated specimens and a slight decrease in UCS for cement treated soils was noticed. This reduction in strength for cement treated specimens could be attributed to the reduction in pH concentration with curing as well as the formation of inorganic calcium humic acid at this stage.

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Saride, SireeshUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Expansive subgrades; Organic soils; Stabilization; Strength; Transportation
Subjects: Civil Engineering > Soil Structure Interaction
Divisions: Department of Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 03:33
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 10:46
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/834
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clay.2013.09.008
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0169-1317/
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