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Improving Properties of Expansive Soil Using Cement, Quick Lime and Cement-Lime Blend

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The main purpose of this article is to investigate the possibility of improving expansive soils properties using different additives, cement, lime, and a combination of lime and cement. An experimental program has been carried out on expansive clayey samples taken from Irbid, Jordan. Cement, lime and cement-lime mixture have been added as percentages by dry weight of the soil at ratios of (3%, 5%, 8% and 12%). Different geotechnical properties including Atterberg limits, compaction test, unconfined compressive strength (UCS) and California bearing ratio (CBR) have been tested before and after using the additives. Free swelling and swelling pressure have been examined before and after after using the additives at no curing, after seven days curing and after 28 days curing. It is shown that, upon adding (cement, lime), the plasticity index and the swelling potential have decreased while the unconfined compressive strength (qu) and the maximum dry density (γd-max.) have increased. Also, the curing time increase is accompanied with a significant enhancement on the compressive strength (UCS) of the treated soil. It has also been noticed that the cement-lime mix (6% cement and 6% lime) has resulted in a noticeable improvement for the expansive soil used in this research over other additive percentages.
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Expansive Soil; Stabilizing Agent; Quick Lime; Curing; Swell Pressure

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