The use of alkali activated waste binders in enhancing the mechanical properties and durability of soft alluvial soils

Paul Sargent, Paul Hughes, Mohamed Rouainia, Maggie White

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Abstract

This paper presents recent work in utilising industrial by-products as sustainable binders for use in deep soil mixing, to enhance the geotechnical properties of soft soils. The study has used geotechnical and mineralogical tests to determine the performance of the binders when incorporated into an artificial silty sand soil. Comparisons with the strength and durability of untreated and stabilised soils have been made. The study indicates that from the by-products tested, soils stabilised with alkali activated blast furnace slag resulted in the greatest strength and durability improvements; with other materials tested showing smaller improvements. The addition of alkali activators has been observed to allow pozzolanic reactions to occur, which has led to improved mechanical properties; primarily strength, which increased with time. The durability of the soil was improved by the additions of by-products, though alkali activation did not cause significant additional increase in durability.
Original languageEnglish
Article number152
Pages (from-to)96-108
JournalEngineering Geology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2013

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