The stabilization of soils with lime has been extended to a broad range of projects including highways, airports, railways and building sites and its use is growing rapidly. Since quicklime is more dangerous to workmen and therefore more difficult to work with, hydrated lime is commonly used to modify lime-grained soils by the addition of three to eight percent lime by weight. When added to plastic soils, lime generally reduces the plasticity and increases the friability thus improving workability. Lime treatment also reduces both expansion and shrinkage of swelling soils and tends to form a barrier to keep excess water from reaching untreated subsoils. Lime stabilization also increases the strength of soils. Lime requirements and methods of applications are given.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This article is also contained in "A Bibliography on the Design and Performance of Rail Track Structures", Sept. 1974, #072794.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60605
  • Authors:
    • Ireland, H O
  • Publication Date: 1970-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 846-855
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 628
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080103
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 29 1975 12:00AM