International Journal of Materials Chemistry and Physics
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International Journal of Materials Chemistry and Physics, Vol.3, No.1, Feb. 2017, Pub. Date: Aug. 28, 2017
Assessing the Sustainability of Asphalt Stabilized Subgrade Soil for Embankment Construction
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[01] Saad Issa Sarsam, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
[02] Aamal Abdulgani Al Saidi Abdulgani Al Saidi, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
[03] Anmar Latief Jasim Latief Jasim, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
Gypseous soil is considered as a problematic soil for embankment construction, however, implementation of emulsified asphalt as a stabilization agent could be a proper solution for enhancing its properties as a subgrade soil. In this work, the sustainability of asphalt stabilized soil has been assessed in terms of its resistance to cyclic (freezing-thawing) and (heating-cooling) processes. Specimens have been prepared at optimum fluid content (moisture and emulsion) and tested under direct shear stresses while subjected to 30 cycles of (freezing-thawing) and (heating-cooling). Both of dry and soaked testing conditions have been implemented. Data have been observed after each 10 cycles, and compared with that of reference mix. It was concluded that for dry test condition, samples exposed to (10, 20 and 30) cycles of (freezing-thawing) exhibits irregular variation in the Angle of internal friction, it increases after 10 cycles and then decreased. However, the cohesion decreased while increasing the number of cycles. For soaked test condition, Angle of internal friction remained constant and then increased after 20 cycles then decreased with further increments of (freezing-thawing) cycles, while cohesion decreased with the increased number of cycles. On the other hand, the results of the direct shear test for unsoaked test condition on samples exposed to (10, 20 and 30) cycles of (heating-cooling) exhibits that the angle of internal friction increases after 10 cycles, then decreased with further increase in (heating-cooling) cycles, while the Cohesion increases after 10 cycles then decrease with increased number of cycles for both soaked and unsoaked testing condition.
Emulsion, Freezing, Gypseous Soil, Heating, Shear, Sustainability, Thawing, Cooling
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