Use of Self-Cementing Fly Ashes as a Soil Stabilization Agent

by Glen Ferguson, GeoSytems Engineering Inc, Lenexa, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Fly Ash for Soil Improvement

Abstract: Fly ash produced in the combustion of subbituminouns coals exhibits self-cementing characteristics that can be adapted to a wide range of stabilization applications. Ash treatment can effectively reduce the swell potential of clay soils and increase subgrade support capacity of pavement subgrades. Ash hydration occurs rapidly and must be addressed by the construction procedures to obtain maximum potential benefit from the ash treatment. This can be accomplished by limiting the delay between incorporation of the ash and final compaction to less than 2 hours. Hydration chemistry can differ significantly between specific sources and design mixes must be based on the specific ash to be used. Compressive strengths of ash treated materials are dependent upon moisture content at time of compaction and strict moisture control is required during construction.

Subject Headings: Fly ash | Soil treatment | Hydration | Soil stabilization | Soil compression | Soil water | Soil cement

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