Structural Performance of Laterite soil Stabilised with Cement and Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus) Wood Ash for Use as a Road base Material

Structural Performance of Laterite soil Stabilised with Cement and Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus) Wood Ash for Use as a Road base Material

© 2021 by IJETT Journal
Volume-69 Issue-9
Year of Publication : 2021
Authors : Blaise Dabou, Christopher Kanali, Zachary Abiero-Gariy
DOI :  10.14445/22315381/IJETT-V69I9P231

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Blaise Dabou, Christopher Kanali, Zachary Abiero-Gariy, "Structural Performance of Laterite soil Stabilised with Cement and Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus) Wood Ash for Use as a Road base Material," International Journal of Engineering Trends and Technology, vol. 69, no. 9, pp. 257-264, 2021. Crossref,

This study examines the effect of partially replacing cement with blue gumwood ash (BGWA) in stabilizing laterite soil to be used as a potential road base material. Initially, Ordinary Portland Cement was introduced to the soil at varying contents from 0 to 12% in steps of 3% by weight of the soil sample. Each wet sample of the soil was subjected to the Californian bearing ratio (CBR) and unconfined compressive strength (UCS) tests in determining the optimal soil-cement mix. Results show that CBR and UCS values increased as cement content increased, and a 6% cement content corresponding to a UCS value of 2.88 MPa at 7 days of curing met the specifications of the Overseas Road Note 31 to be used in the construction of road bases. The second treatment involved partially replacing the 6% cement content with BGWA in decreasing steps of 1%. Peak CBR value of 348% at 2% BGWA content (>160% recommended by Kenya road design manual) and UCS value of 2.99 MPa at 7 days of curing were obtained. Thus, BGWA can partially replace cement in stabilizing laterite soil for use in the construction of road bases as per the Overseas Road Note 31 specifications.

Blue gum wood ash, Californian bearing ratio, Laterite, Unconfined compressive strength.

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