Investigating the use of stabilized subgrade soils for road pavements in Kurdistan

Road pavement design in Kurdistan is based on AASHTO 1993. However, it seems not to be entirely satisfactory since it is unable to take full account of properties of local soils or those which have been stabilised. To address this, a design procedure applicable to different material and environmental conditions was developed. The associated research consisted of a suite of laboratory experiment allied to the development of a finite element model. The laboratory work was undertaken on three types of subgrade soils found in Kurdistan to determine their permanent deformation behaviour, UCS and resilient modulus for a range of moisture contents. The experimental investigation considered soils stabilised with 2%, 4% cement content and a combination of cement and lime with 2% cement plus 1.5% lime and 4% cement and 1.5% lime. The results were used to develop empirical equations to: (i) predict resilient modulus values of deteriorated modified soils as a function of different stabiliser contents and types; (ii) correlate resilient modulus values of soils with their UCS and stress state; (iii) determine the accumulation of permanent deformation in modified subgrade soils subject to weathering. These relationships, together with the developed finite element model were used to establish the design procedure.


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  • Accession Number: 01604794
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2016 4:47PM