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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3686-3696; doi:10.3390/su6063686

Improving the Bearing Strength of Sandy Loam Soil Compressed Earth Block Bricks Using Sugercane Bagasse Ash

Department of Civil Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
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Received: 24 March 2014 / Revised: 19 May 2014 / Accepted: 20 May 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
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The need for affordable and sustainable alternative construction materials to cement in developing countries cannot be underemphasized. Compressed Earth Bricks have gained acceptability as an affordable and sustainable construction material. There is however a need to boost its bearing capacity. Previous research show that Sugarcane Bagasse Ash as a soil stabilizer has yielded positive results. However, there is limited research on its effect on the mechanical property of Compressed Earth Brick. This current research investigated the effect of adding 3%, 5%, 8% and 10% Sugarcane Bagasse Ash on the compressive strength of compressed earth brick. The result showed improvement in its compressive strength by 65% with the addition of 10% Sugarcane Bagasse Ash. View Full-Text
Keywords: sugarcane bagasse ash; compressive strength; stabilization sugarcane bagasse ash; compressive strength; stabilization

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Salim, R.W.; Ndambuki, J.M.; Adedokun, D.A. Improving the Bearing Strength of Sandy Loam Soil Compressed Earth Block Bricks Using Sugercane Bagasse Ash. Sustainability 2014, 6, 3686-3696.

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