EVALUATION OF ILLINOIS PULVERIZED COAL COMBUSTION DRY BOTTOM ASH FOR USE IN GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS

Pulverized coal combustion (PCC) dry bottom ash is a by-product of coal combustion that originates from the burning of pulverized coal to produce electricity. Because of the increasing costs associated with the disposal of bottom ash and the environmental regulations in place, a significant need exists to develop alternate methods for profitable and environmentally safe uses of this waste material. The physical properties of bottom ash are similar to those of natural sand, with particle sizes ranging from fine gravel to fine sand with low percentages of silt and clay-sized particles. Bottom ash has been used in the past as a substitute for aggregates in concrete. However, little effort has been made in examining the geotechnical engineering properties of bottom ash, and as a consequence its use in geotechnical engineering applications is still very limited. Characteristics of bottom ash depend on the type of coal burned and the type of furnace used to burn the coal. This paper presents the results of an experimental study conducted to obtain technical data on the geotechnical engineering properties of Illinois PCC dry bottom ash amended with bentonite, which data are needed to assess its use for geotechnical engineering applications. Bottom ash modified with up to 20% bentonite by weight of bottom ash was tested to determine the effects of bentonite on consistency, moisture-density relationships, shear strength, and hydraulic conductivity of the bottom ash-bentonite mixtures.

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  • Accession Number: 00960684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2003 12:00AM