Assessing Failure Envelopes of Soil–Fly Ash–Lime Blends

This study aims to establish the influence of curing time and the amount of lime and porosity in the assessment of the Mohr-Coulomb failure envelope of fly ash–lime-treated soils based on unconfined compressive strength (σc) and splitting tensile strength (σt) of such materials. Founded on the concept that the σt/σc relationship is unique for each specific fine-grained soil, fly ash, and lime blends, it is shown that the angle of shearing resistance of a given lime-treated soil is independent of the porosity and the amount of lime of the specimen and that cohesion intercept is a direct function of σc (or σt) of the improved soil, which depends of the porosity and volumetric amount of lime of the soil–fly ash–lime blends. Finally, the concepts are tested with success for a sandy soil treated with fly ash and lime at distinct curing time periods, considering moderate to strong cementation levels.


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  • Accession Number: 01536132
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2014 3:01PM