E3S Web Conf.
Volume 195, 20204th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E-UNSAT 2020)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Special Session on the Reuse of Waste Geomaterials|
|Published online||16 October 2020|
Hydro-mechanical behaviour of alkali-activated binder treated soil
1 Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy
2 Ginger – CEBTP, Elancourt, France
3 Department of Earth Science, Environment and Resources, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy
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An experimental investigation on the mechanical improvement induced by alkali-activated binder based on the activation of a fluidal bed combustion fly ash on a clayey soil has been developed. The use of these binders for geotechnical applications is a promising issue in terms of sustainability since it reduces the carbon footprint and allows reusing secondary by-products such as artificial pozzolans. Treated samples were prepared by mixing soil and fly ash with water and alkaline solution and dynamically compacted. Mechanical behaviour has been investigated by means of triaxial tests performed on treated samples compacted at optimum water content. Addition of alkali activated binder increased stiffness and shear strength of treated samples, whose extent depends on binder content and curing time. Macroscopic behaviour of treated soil has been linked to the experimental evidences at microscale. Microstructural analyses highlighted a high reactivity of alkali-activated fly ashes as alumino-silicate source promoting the precipitation of new mineralogical phases with cementitious properties. Amorphous alumino-silicate gels produced from alkali-activation of fly ash bound particles aggregates leading to a decrease of cumulative pore volume and porosity of treated samples and modification of the modal pore size.
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