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Contolling Alkali Induced Heave in soil with fly ash

Hari Prasad Reddy, P and Inbaraj, R and Sivapullaiah, PV (2007) Contolling Alkali Induced Heave in soil with fly ash. In: Sri Lankan Geotechnical Society's 1st Int. Conf. on Soil & Rock Engg., Colombo, Colombo.

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Abstract

The properties of the soils can change drastically due to the presence of contaminants leading to several geotechnical failures founded on them. One important pollutant that can have considerable effect is the alkali released from varies industries. It is known that alkali solutions can increase the swelling of soil containing both expansive and non-expansive minerals.Many attempts to control this alkali-induced heave in soils through chemical agents were not successful. With a view to study the use of fly ash to stabilize alkali contaminated soil, the behavior of soils containing 25% and 50% of fly ash has been studied in the presence of 2N-alkali solution. Results of volume change behavior of non-expansive soil containing kaolinite clay mineral in the presence of fly ash showed that it is effective to control the alkali induced swelling in the soil. The effectiveness increases with an increase in the percentage of fly ash in soils. Detailed X-ray diffraction and SEM studies showed that the mineralogical changes that occur in soil due to alkali interaction are inhibited in the presence of fly ash.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: alkali;kaolinite;fly ash;volume change;X-ray diffraction;SEM
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 06:02
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 06:02
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/41696

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