Cement Stabilization of Volcanic Materials

by Roland A. Pettitt,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 11-26

Document Type: Journal Paper


The feasibility of using volcanic tuffs and their residual soils as aggregates for soil-cement was investigated. These lightweight materials of the Los Alamos, New Mexico, area can be used to produce stable soil-cement mixtures at low cement contents, and the addition of cement in some instances allows acceptance of lower compaction requirements. The use of Type III cement also lowers the cement requirement. The difficulties encountered in compacting volcanic tuff and soils containing pumice particles are considered, and testing procedures are outlined.

Subject Headings: Volcanic deposits | Compacted soils | Cement | Volcanoes | Soil cement | Residual soils | Feasibility studies | Aggregates | New Mexico | United States

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