International Journal of Engineering and Manufacturing(IJEM)

ISSN: 2305-3631 (Print), ISSN: 2306-5982 (Online)

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IJEM Vol.10, No.5, Oct. 2020

Improvement in Geotechnical Properties of Expansive Soil Using Various Stabilizers: A Review

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Goutham D.R., A.J.Krishnaiah

Index Terms

Expansive soil, stabilization, basic geotechnical properties, unconfined compressive strength test


Expansive soils are the soils that expand when comes in contact with water and shrinks when the water within them gets evaporates. These soil are treated as problematic soils for various construction activities hence there is an essential to improve its strength against load effects and also to alter their behaviour against moisture conditions. This review aimed to study the behaviour of expansive soil stabilized using various natural and industrial processed materials such as cement, polymer, lime, rice husk ash, stone dust, fly ash, coir fiber and its pith, jute, bagasse ash and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS). The paper covers the discussion on experimental test results of black cotton soil conducted by various researchers. The tests being basic geotechnical properties, maximum dry density and optimum moisture content, unconfined compressive strength test (UCS), California bearing ratio (CBR), etc., are presented.

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Goutham D.R., A.J.Krishnaiah, " Improvement In Geotechnical Properties Of Expansive Soil Using Various Stabilizers: A Review ", International Journal of Engineering and Manufacturing (IJEM), Vol.10, No.5, pp.18-27, 2020. DOI: 10.5815/ijem.2020.05.02


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