Lime Stabilization of Black Cotton Soil Using Bagasse Ash as Admixture
Laboratory studies to investigate the effect of Bagasse Ash (BA) admixture on the engineering properties of lime treated black cotton soil was carried out. Black cotton soil is classified as A-7-6 or CH respectively. Bagasse ash is obtained from burning the fibrous residue from the extraction of sugar juice from sugarcane. The results obtained show that the moisture density relationship follows a trend of increasing optimum moisture content (OMC)/decreasing maximum dry density (MDD) at the Standard Proctor compaction energy. California bearing ratio (CBR) values obtained are lower than the 80% CBR criterion for untreated base course materials. The peak CBR value obtained was 31% at 8 %lime/ 4%BA. This value meets the recommended criteria for subgrade materials. The Unconfined compressive strength (UCS) at 7 days is lower than the 1034.25kN/m2 evaluation criterion for adequate lime stabilization. On the basis of the soaked CBR and durability values, it is recommended that black cotton soil can be stabilized for road construction using a 8 % lime/ 4 % BA blend of admixture at standard proctor compaction. However, due to the relative high cost of lime and large quantity that shall be required to achieve stabilization, further study and consideration should therefore be given to the use another additive such as cement to augment and lower the percentage of lime and thus the cost of stabilization.
Prof. A.O. Akii Ibhadode, A.I. Igbafe and B.U. Anyata
K.J. Osinubi et al., "Lime Stabilization of Black Cotton Soil Using Bagasse Ash as Admixture", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 62-64, pp. 3-10, 2009