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Fibre-Reinforced Soil Mixed Lime/Cement Additives: A Review

Sakina Tamassoki, Nik Norsyahariati Nik Daud, Mohammad Nazir Nejabi and Mohammad Jawed Roshan

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2023


Keywords: Brittleness, cement, fibre, lime, microstructure, reinforced, stabilized, strength behaviour

Published on: 3 January 2023

Soil modification is a technique for improving poor soil properties to make them suitable for engineering projects. Regarding the previous studies, various types of stabilisations were used to improve mechanical properties in soil. Several methodologies and experimental tests were used to study the positive and negative effects of utilising fibre on lime/cement-modified soil. This paper reviews the strength behaviour and microstructural properties of Fibre-Reinforced Lime Stabilised (FRLS) soil and Fibre-Reinforced Cement Stabilised (FRCS) Soil. First, the impact of FRLS/FRCS soil on strength behaviour under freeze-thaw conditions, the California Bearing Ratio (CBR) value, and compression/tensile strength are all examined. Then synthetic and natural fibres are compared at the microstructure level. FRCS/FRLS soil has been studied for its influence on geotechnical characteristics such as peak strength, residual strength, ductility, bearing capacity, stiffness, and settlement values. In addition, the micro-level evidence demonstrates that lime/cement affects the interlocking between soil particles and fibre. Although lime/cement improves soil strength by making it solid and compact, it makes stabilised soil brittle. Fibre as reinforcement in lime/cement stabilised soil transforms the brittleness of the soil into ductility. Hence building various infrastructures on poor soils is possible if fibre with lime/cement is used as an improvement method. Here, these three most used soil additive materials are investigated in terms of strength, microstructural, mineralisation, and some open issues are suggested for further research.

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