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Investigative Study of Behaviour of Treated Expansive Soil Using Empirical Correlations

Ng'Ambi, S.; Eyo, Eyo; Abbey, S.


S. Ng'Ambi

Eyo Eyo

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Samuel Abbey
Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering


© 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).All Rights Reserved. In this study, the effect of the soil mixing method on the swelling behaviour of expansive soils is investigated. Recent studies have demonstrated the modification effect of cement and inclusion of by-products such as pulverised fuel ash (PFA) and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) on the plasticity of expansive soils at a water-To-cement ratio of unity. In this study, the volume change of cement/PFA/GGBS improved expansive soil was evaluated using empirical correlations. One-dimensional oedometer experiment and tests to determine the index properties of both the natural and treated soils were performed. Complimentary numerical modelling of the loaded natural and treated soils using the SoilWorks MIDAS software were also carried out. Analyses of results indicated a significant influence of the binders on the plasticity properties of the expansive soil. Results obtained by the addition of 10% each of PFA and GGBS to the cement treated expansive soils showed a considerable reduction of plasticity. By using the index property-based correlations, the swelling potential of the treated soils were shown to be effectively reduced in the range of 10-80%. Comparisons with numerical analysis indicated slight variations.


Ng'Ambi, S., Eyo, E., & Abbey, S. (2018). Investigative Study of Behaviour of Treated Expansive Soil Using Empirical Correlations. Geotechnical Special Publications, 2018-March(GSP 296), 373-384.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name IFCEE 2018
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 6, 2018
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2019
Journal Geotechnical Special Publication
Print ISSN 0895-0563
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Volume 2018-March
Issue GSP 296
Pages 373-384
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