Improvement of Characteristics Geotechnics of the Clay Soils by Incorporation of Lime Case of Ouled Fayet and Cheraga
1Faculty of civil engineering, Leego laboratory in Houari Boumediene University, Algiers, Algeria
2Department of mechanical engineering, Saad Dahlab University, Blida, Algeria
Lime is flexible hydraulics which has the property to improve the soil mechanics characteristics. For the muddy and argillaceous grounds, the traditional interaction between lime and their minerals is noticed immediately. The ground becomes friable and is drained, especially with the quicklime; the mixture can be stored for one short period (a few weeks) without its intrinsic properties not changing. For a good soil stabilization with lime it is necessary to lay out of certain relative data to the soil mechanics properties, like plasticity, granulometry and the water content to evaluate the possibilities for improvement. This work consists at the presentation of the results of a laboratory study on the treatment of a clay soil in the area of the Inhabitant of Algiers by incorporation of various contents extinct lime. For that, physical and mechanical tests such as (unconfined compression test, classification tests of the grounds in 1st place and shear test) were carried out and the results obtained highlight an unquestionable and definitely better improvement of the characteristics geotechnics such as the resistance of compression, resistance of shearing (angle of friction and cohesion).
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Keywords: lime, clay soil, treatment, compression, shearing, characteristic geotechnics
American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 2013 1 (3),
Received December 28, 2012; Revised May 27, 2013; Accepted May 28, 2013Copyright: © 2013 Science and Education Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
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- Aissiou, F.Z., A. Nechnech, and H. Aissiou. "Improvement of Characteristics Geotechnics of the Clay Soils by Incorporation of Lime Case of Ouled Fayet and Cheraga." American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture 1.3 (2013): 64-69.
- Aissiou, F. , Nechnech, A. , & Aissiou, H. (2013). Improvement of Characteristics Geotechnics of the Clay Soils by Incorporation of Lime Case of Ouled Fayet and Cheraga. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 1(3), 64-69.
- Aissiou, F.Z., A. Nechnech, and H. Aissiou. "Improvement of Characteristics Geotechnics of the Clay Soils by Incorporation of Lime Case of Ouled Fayet and Cheraga." American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture 1, no. 3 (2013): 64-69.
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Recent research tasks carried out in Algeria and Europe  showed the aptitude of lime to improve the properties geotechnics of the ground by accelerating its structural modification. The incorporation of lime to a ground the short-term behavior during its use by its reaction results in to improve; with surplus water that it absorbs and by the capacity flocculating on clays. The long-term behavior, by developing the pozzolanic reaction of catch with the ores present. For a good soil stabilization with lime it is necessary to obtain homogeneous a ground mixture/lime is essential for the final quality of the embankment and coating .
2. The Experimental Program2.1. Choice of Materials Used
The first ground used in this study was obtained to leave d' a site (construction project) pertaining to the building site of “Falcon Motors Algeria” of Chéraga located roughly at 18 kilometers of western south of Algiers, the area profits from a local climate of Mediterranean type semi - wet. Precipitations annual averages are between 700mm and 800mm, strongest extend from October in February and almost non-existent in July and August. The second ground was obtained to leave d' a site located at Ouled Fayet. These two sites belong to the same area, the latter is known by these marnes plaisancians covering a broad surface in the south-west of the Sahel of Algiers. These clays were extracted at the beginning of June 2007 with a depth from approximately 4.70~5.40m, a series of tests was carried out to classify each type of ground on the level of central laboratory of work public. The physical properties of the two grounds are presented in (Table 1).
All the tests geotechnics were carried out according to standards AFNOR. Lime used is an extinct lime produced in the town of Hassasna, Unité Erco, wilaya of Saida, where the data sheet chemical and physical properties of the lime quoted by  is presented in (Table 2).2.2. Mineralogical and Chemical Analyses
The diffractometer with x-rays at summer used in this analysis in order to determine the different ones Proportions of minerals constituting the sample. On the diffractogram of the samples (Figure 1), the prevalent argillaceous mineral being the illite, the spectrum reveals also the presence of quartz, calcite, kaolinite and of montmorillonite, For the chemical analyses, the principal mineralogical components are: silica, alumina and the carbonates, the first two elements constitute the structure of clays.
The photography obtained by the electron microscope with sweeping was carried out on a fine powder of this type of marly clay of the area of the Sahel (Figure 2). Photography shows a white homogeneous surface and the presence of holes on surface indicating that our ground presents a certain porosity and an assembly of aggregates which is due to the presence of impurities.2.4. Classification Tests Physical
According to the abacus of Standard, our grounds are classified among the clay soils very plastic, with an index of plasticity of 35.19% for 1st and 47.64% for 2nd. The activity corrected of [4, 5] is given by the Formula (1) following:
The value of blue, VB (test with the methylene blue) to deduce the value from total specific surface (St) by the Formula (2) of  following:
Table 3. The chemical composition of the two samples of ground + Saida lime Carried out at laboratory LCTP of Algiers
One notices according to the values exposed in (Table 1 and Table 4) that the 2 samples are very plastic and extremely consistent material grounds, with a specific surface < to 180m2/g thus it is containing illite and illite-montmorillonite according to classification LCPC-USCS with pressures of swelling high which remains to be confirmed by the indirect methods .
For a simple compression and to determine the resistance of compression and the corresponding deformation, one calls upon the triaxial apparatus with test unconsolidated not drained (UU) with a speed of crushing of 1mm/min and coefficient of ring 0.63. The test consists in measuring the longitudinal deflection and the thrust load of the test-tube of ground made of cylindrical form with 5cm of diameter and 10cm height and with optimal characteristics which were obtained by the compaction Proctor preserved at the 28jours and 45 days and treaties with lime 2%,3% proportionings, 4% indicated in (Table 5).
The contribution of lime with the clay soils to make them more resistant to compression since it is noticed that more than one increases the percentage of lime in the mixture (lime + clay) and the more a resistance a little larger is obtained, the clay soil thus becomes more compact and hardens more and more and what one also noted that one obtains a good resistance and increase very meaning by lime 4% for the two grounds (immediate resistance is unimportant even with the addition of lime), one can say that the resistance of compression to summer definitely improved with the addition from lime  and 4% is a sufficient content to improve the characteristics soil mechanics, which is in agreement with the literature. On building site for example this hardening makes the ground solid is easy to control and with the passage of the rollers of compaction (the compaction plant).
The two samples of ground are mixed with various lime proportionings 2%, 4%, 6% compacted statically and placed then in limp circular of 6cm of diameter, the test adopted for shearing is “the consolidated test not drained”, with a speed of shearing of 0.5mm/min the found results are registered in (Table 6).
Lime also with increased the shear strength of the two clay soils into different proportionings and contents lime, the angle of friction for each lime proportioning knew the certain largest rise is to lime 4%, then one notes a stabilization of this resistance from 6% thing for which it is said that lime improves mechanical qualities of clays, resistances are improved of way remarkable.
The incorporation of lime not only as decreases the inflating effect of the clay soils in this article one could conclude as:
- The addition of lime with double 4% compressive strength for the of Algiers clay soils it even content with given satisfactory results with respect to the shear strength which was improved and practically doubled with 4% of lime, the angle of friction knew increases in values the gold of various proportionings, the cohesion which was small initially knew a light improvement with 2% of proportioning for the sample n°2 and a remarkable improvement with 4%, the improvement of cohesion for the 1st sample was revealed to 6%. This is with the reaction which takes seat when the ground is compacted is pozzolanic by nature. Quartz minerals, size of fine silt, in addition to minerals of clay, most probably take part in this reaction. Products with agglutinant reaction are formed and increased the capacity of resistance of the ground. principal agglutinant products are the calcium silicates and aluminates.
I would like to thank Mr Nechnech Ammar for his cooperation and his confidence in me, my gratitude goes to the mesieurs Aissa Mamoune, Bekkouche and Djeddid (professors at the University of Tlemcen in Algeria) who participated in the large part of the development of this topic and not forgetting Mr Bouafia (Professor at the University of Blida in Algeria) that got much encourage and me help writing this article.
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