Strength performance of stabilized clayey soils with quartzite material
Clayey soils contain clay minerals known as smectite. These soils present problems to geotechnical
engineers due to their complex nature. Excessive compression, dispersive behavior, collapsing
behavior, low shear strength, high swell potential and frost susceptibility are some of the undesirable
properties of soils in geotechnical engineering. Soil properties such as those mentioned would cause
severe distress to structures build on them. In this regard, it is necessary to reinforce and or stabilize
the soil. In this study, clayey soils were stabilized by using additive geo-material to improve their
engineering properties. For this purpose, quartzite known geological material was used as additive.
In experimental study, the natural and stabilized clayey soil samples were subjected to the unconfined
compression, the shear box, the odometer and the falling-head permeability tests after compaction
at optimum moisture content. The test results indicated that quartzite enhanced both the unconfined
compression strength and strength parameters. Consequently, it is concluded that the quartzite can
be successfully used for the modifications of clayey soils in the geotechnical applications.
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