Electro-Osmosis Chemistry and Water Quality

by Burton A. Segall, (M.ASCE),
Judson A. Matthias, (M.ASCE),
Charles E. O'Bannon, (M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 10, Pg. 1148-1152

Document Type: Journal Paper


Electro-osmosis (E-O) is an effective method for stabilizing fine grained soils; the process has been used for man years for stabilizing cut slopes and embankments, and for dewatering foundations. Electo-osmotic slope stabilization is accomplished by reversing the direction of water flow away from the face of a slope. This directional change is achieved by placing anodes on the face of a slope and well pint cathodes at a distance of 10 ft-15 ft from the slope. A direct current is induced between electodes.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Slope stability | Osmosis | Chemistry | Water chemistry | Fine-grained soils | Soil stabilization | Dewatering

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