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Type: Journal article
Title: A sulphonated oil for stabilisation of expansive soils
Author: Soltani, A.
Deng, A.
Taheri, A.
Mirzababaei, M.
Citation: International Journal of Pavement Engineering, 2019; 20(11):1285-1298
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1029-8436
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Amin Soltani, An Deng, Abbas Taheri and Mehdi Mirzababaei
Abstract: The efficiency of a commercially manufactured sulphonated oil (SO) agent in treating a highly expansive soil was investigated through an extensive experimental program. A total of six SO to water mass concentrations, i.e. 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.25 and 2.5%, were examined. The test program included swell–load oedometer, unconfined compressive strength and cyclic wetting and drying tests. SO-stabilisation amended the soil’s mechanical behaviour through improvements achieved in swelling and strength characteristics. The reduction in swelling potential and swelling pressure was dependent on SO concentration, while the effect of curing time was found to be insignificant. A similar dependency was concluded for the unconfined compressive strength and stiffness of the stabilised soil. Both dependencies suggested an SO concentration of 1.25% capable of yielding an optimal stabilisation scheme. Results of the cyclic wetting and drying tests indicated that the beneficiary effects of SO-stabilisation at optimum concentration, particularly in ameliorating the adverse effects of swell–shrink-related volume changes and to some extent increasing the strength, are strongly preserved under the influence of alternate wetting and drying.
Keywords: Expansive soil; sulphonated oil; swelling potential; swelling pressure; unconfined compressive strength; stiffness; curing time; wetting and drying cycles
Rights: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
RMID: 0030079339
DOI: 10.1080/10298436.2017.1408270
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