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A Study on the Effect of Salt Solutions on Certain Geotechnical Properties of Two Clays


Jiji Sasikumar
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For assessing the suitability of foundation soil for engineering purpose and to initiate appropriate measures to make it fit for construction, studies on the soil-pollutant interactions are essential. Previous studies have reported that salt solutions can cause significant changes in the geotechnical properties of soil. Salts may occur in the soils through precipitation, irrigation, fertilization, leachate from landfills etc. Salinity causes costly damage to urban infrastructure every year. Thus in this study the effect of certain salt solutions on geotechnical properties of soil like liquid limit, plastic limit and free swell are determined. The salt solutions used are Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride and Calcium Chloride. Two types of clayey soil belonging to CL and CH classifications were used for the study. The experimental results indicated considerable changes in the properties of soil.

Jiji Sasikumar

Kaolinite, Metakaolin, Salt Solutions, Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit, Free Swell.

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 5 | September-October - 2016
Date of Publication Print ISSN Online ISSN
2016-10-30 2395-1990 2394-4099
Page(s) Manuscript Number   Publisher
133-136 IJSRSET162538   Technoscience Academy

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Jiji Sasikumar, "A Study on the Effect of Salt Solutions on Certain Geotechnical Properties of Two Clays", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.133-136, September-October-2016.
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