Addition of Lime and Fly Ash to Improve Highway Subgrade Soils

Laboratory tests have been carried out in order to evaluate the improvement in engineering properties relevant to highway design and construction obtained when clayey subgrade soils are stabilized with lime or fly ash. The experimental program included California bearing ratio (CBR) tests to evaluate the bearing strength of stabilized soils used as working platforms during highway construction. The admixture of lime or fly ash caused an increase in the plasticity limit, while both the liquid limit and the plasticity index of the soils have been reduced. Substantial increases in the California bearing ratio value, higher than those of the soil-fly ash mixtures, have been obtained when the soil samples were mixed with lime. The swelling after a 4-day soaking period has been reduced with the addition of both additive materials. The increase in optimum moisture content acts subsidiarily to the increased CBR value, particularly at high lime or fly ash percentages. An analogous effect has been found for the maximum dry density reduction.


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  • Accession Number: 01522766
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2014 2:25PM