A Study On Expansive Soil

2162 Words Apr 18th, 2016 9 Pages
Expansive soil is considered one of the most common causes of pavement distresses. Depending upon the moisture level, expansive soils will experience changes in volume due to moisture fluctuations from seasonal variations. The objective of this research was to evaluate existing repair projects on selected roadways. Those roadways experienced failures in the form of fatigue and rutting in the wheel path, and longitudinal (faulted) cracking including edge cracking. The causes of those failures were mainly linked to high plasticity expansive soil and narrow pavement. The study involved visual survey, field and laboratory testing, surface condition/ride data and structural design calculations for three project sites. The study concluded, from 3-14 years of performance records, that geogrid reinforcement, lime-treated subgrade and cement-treated base were found to be effective treatment options for low-volume roadways where high plasticity expansive soil exists. (Samer,2012)
Expansive clayey soils are highly moisture sensitive with respect to stress, deformation and strength. These soils exhibit extreme variation in deformation such as heaving, loss of shear strength under certain Moisture Content and settlement and shrinkage as the Moisture Content alters. Swelling is the process of increase in volume of soil that occurs during its interaction with water. Expansive soils are classified based on Expansion Potential. Estimation of Expansion Potential serves as a…
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