Laboratory Evaluation of Specialty Portland Cements and Polymer Fibers in Stabilization of Fine Grained Soils
Carruth, William Denman
AdvisorHoward, Isaac L.
CommitteeWhite, Thomas D.
Newman, John K.
After a major flooding disaster, construction materials will be scarce during early recovery stages and any material of reasonable quality would be useful. Instead of importing higher quality material from sites a considerable distance away, on-site material may be useable. This thesis explores usage of specialty portland cements, and in some cases polymer fibers, as stabilization additives to fine grained soils with elevated moisture contents. The primary objective of this thesis is to develop strength, modulus, and ductility trends for a variety of soil types, cementitious materials, cementitious material contents, and moisture contents, and to use the data to compare specialty grind portland cements to commercially available portland cement from the same production facility. The secondary objective is to evaluate the effect of polymer fibers combined with portland cement for the same mixtures. Over 1300 Unconfined Compression (UC) tests were conducted to complete these two objectives.