Sand dunes modification by natural asphalt with cement and lime

Muthanna Journal of Engineering and Technology

Volume (1), Issue (1), Year (30 December 2011), Pages (66-75)


Research Article By:

Nabeel Shaker Mahmood

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This laboratory research program was carried out to investigate the feasible use of locally available material, which is natural asphalt from Heet city, to improve the prevalent sand dunes. The test program was divided into two groups the first one is by adding (5, 7.5 and 10%) natural asphalt, while the second is by adding Portland cement and lime (3 , 6 and 9%) individually to sand-asphalt mixes. Series of laboratory tests are carried out including classification, Marshall stability and unconfined compression Tests Generally, this study displayed significant improvement in the performance of sand dunes by using natural asphalt, that can be used in stabilization as economic and available material instead of industrial asphalt.

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