Investigating the use of stabilized subgrade soils for road pavements in Kurdistan

Rasul, Jabar (2016). Investigating the use of stabilized subgrade soils for road pavements in Kurdistan. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Road pavement design in Kurdistan is based on ASSHTO 1993. However, it seems not to be entirely satisfactory since it is unable to take full account of properties of local soils or those which have been stabilised. To address this, a design procedure applicable to different material and environmental conditions was developed. The associated research consisted of a suite of laboratory experiment allied to the development of a finite element model. The laboratory work was undertaken on three types of subgrade soils found in Kurdistan to determine their permanent deformation behaviour, UCS and resilient modulus for a range of moisture contents. The experimental investigation considered soils stabilised with 2%, 4% cement content and a combination of cement and lime with 2% cement plus 1.5% lime and 4% cement and 1.5% lime. The results were used to develop empirical equations to: (i) predict resilient modulus values of deteriorated modified soils as a function of different stabiliser contents and types; (ii) correlate resilient modulus values of soils with their UCS and stress state; (iii) determine the accumulation of permanent deformation in modified subgrade soils subject to weathering. These relationships, together with the developed finite element model were used to establish the design procedure.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)


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