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Effect of Nano-Additives on the Strength and Durability Characteristics of Marl

College of Engineering and Aviation, Central Queensland University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Seraj Higher Education Institute, Tabriz 5137894797, Iran
Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad 917751436, Iran
Department of Geology, Payame Noor University (PNU), Tehran 193953697, Iran
School of Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), New Plymouth 4340, New Zealand
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Academic Editor: João Castro-Gomes
Minerals 2021, 11(10), 1119;
Received: 24 August 2021 / Revised: 1 October 2021 / Accepted: 5 October 2021 / Published: 12 October 2021
Low bearing capacity soils may pose serious construction concerns such as reduced bearing capacity and excessive hydro-associated volume changes. Proper soil remediation techniques must be planned and implemented before commencing any construction on low bearing capacity soils. Environmentally friendly soil stabilizers are gradually replacing traditional soil stabilizers with high carbon dioxide emissions such as lime and cement. This study investigated the use of an alternative pozzolanic mix of nano-additives (i.e., nano-silica and nano-alumina) and cement to reduce the usage of cement for achieving competent soil stabilization outcomes. A series of unconfined compressive strength (UCS), direct shear, and durability tests were conducted on marl specimens cured for 1, 7, and 28 days stabilized with nano-additives (0.1~1.5%), 3% cement, and combined 3% cement and nano-additives. The UCS and shear strength of stabilized marl increased with nano-additives up to a threshold nano-additive content of 1% which was further intensified with curing time. Nano-additive treated cemented marl specimens showed long durability under the water, while the cemented marl decomposed early. The microfabric inspection of stabilized marl specimens showed significant growth of calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) products within the micro fabric of nano-silica treated marl with reduced pore-spaces within aggregated particles. The results confirmed that nano-additives can replace cement partially to achieve multi-fold improvement in the strength characteristics of the marl. View Full-Text
Keywords: marl; nano-silica; nano-alumina; cement; UCS; shear strength; durability marl; nano-silica; nano-alumina; cement; UCS; shear strength; durability
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Mirzababaei, M.; Karimiazar, J.; Sharifi Teshnizi, E.; Arjmandzadeh, R.; Bahmani, S.H. Effect of Nano-Additives on the Strength and Durability Characteristics of Marl. Minerals 2021, 11, 1119.

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Mirzababaei M, Karimiazar J, Sharifi Teshnizi E, Arjmandzadeh R, Bahmani SH. Effect of Nano-Additives on the Strength and Durability Characteristics of Marl. Minerals. 2021; 11(10):1119.

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Mirzababaei, Mehdi, Jafar Karimiazar, Ebrahim Sharifi Teshnizi, Reza Arjmandzadeh, and Sayed Hessam Bahmani. 2021. "Effect of Nano-Additives on the Strength and Durability Characteristics of Marl" Minerals 11, no. 10: 1119.

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