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Expansive Soils

Recent Advances in Characterization and Treatment, 1st Edition

Edited by Amer Ali Al-Rawas, Mattheus F.A. Goosen

CRC Press

544 pages | 317 B/W Illus.

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Expansive Soils provides the reader with easy and specific access to problems associated with expansive soils, characterisitics and treatment, and evaluation and remediation. Set up with contributions from worlwide expert, this main reference guide is intended for engineers, researchers and senior students working on soil improvement and foundation engineering.


This book deals with expansive soil fundamentals, problems and solutions. It contains a total of 34 papers with contributions by 52 experts from 22 countries. It is intended for engineers, researchers and graduates students working on expansive soils, soil improvement and foundation engineering. Expansive soils occur in many parts of the world but particularly in arid and semi-arid regions; the case studies presented are mainly concerned with these areas. It would have been useful to have included case studies related to shrink/swell hazards and damage, particularly on the Atlantic edge of Europe, in order to present more of a worldwide overview rather than being almost exclusively devoted to arid and semi-arid areas.

The book is presented in a clear manner, with nine well organized sections. The first section (5 papers) is devoted to the identification and classification of expansive soils and is followed by sections 2, 3 and 4 (at total of 13 papers) concerning volume change characteristics as well as classical and advanced techniques for swelling potential assessments and measurements. More advanced results related to shrinkage characterization would have been judicious. Section 5 concerns site characterization, with 3 papers form Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Australia. The 12 papers in section 6, 7 and 8 are devoted to the stabilization of expansive soils using lime, cement or other treatments. Finally, section 9 contains one paper discussing the use of granular pile-anchors – a relatively new foundation technique for expansive soils.

In conclusion, this book provides useful laboratory and field results concerning soil shrinking and swelling. It will help geotechnical workers obtain a better knowledge of the shrink/swell processes, hazards and associated remedial measures. Such knowledge is important if geotechnical engineers are to prevent many of the problems which have developed in the past, in areas of expansive soils. Bull Eng Geol Environment, 2007

Table of Contents

Part 1 Nature, identification and classification of expansive soils

1. Geology, Classification and Distribution of Expansive Soils and Rocks: A Case Study from the Arabian Gulf

Amer A. Al-Rawas, Mattheus F.A. Goosen and Ghazi A. Al-Rawas

2. Identification and Classification of Expansive Soils

Sudhakar M. Rao

3. Prediction and Classification of Expansive Clay Soils

Agus Setyo Muntohar

4. Overview of Mineralogy of Bentonites: Genesis, Physico-Chemical Properties, Industrial Uses, and World Production

Richard Prikryl

5. Swelling in Non Vertisolic Soils: Its Causes and Importance

Miguel Angel Taboada and Raul Silvio Lavado

Part 2 Volume change characteristics

6. ESEM Study of Structural Modifications of Argillite During Hydration/Dehydration Cycles

Joelle Duplay, German Montes-Hernandez and Luis Martinez

7. Large-Scale Odometer for Assessing Swelling and Consolidation Behaviour of Al-Qatif Clay

Shahid Azam

8. Water Sorption and Dilatation of Bentonites and Montmorillonite-Rich Clays

Radek Hanus, Irena Kolarikova and Richard Prikryl

Part 3 Swelling Potential Measurement

9. ESEM-DIA Method to Estimate Swelling-Shrinkage of Raw and Cation-Saturated Bentonite

German Montes-Hernandez

10. Effect of Remolding Techniques on Soil Swelling and Shear Strength Properties

Mousa F. Attom, Majed M. Abu-Zreig and Mohammed Taleb Obaidat

11. Swelling Rate of Expansive Clay Soils

Roslan Hashim and Agus Setyo Muntohar

12. Swelling Behaviour of Ankara Clay: Predictive Techniques, Damage Details and Swelling Maps

Zeynal Abiddin Erguler and Resat Ulusay

13. Prediction of Swelling Characteristics with Free Swell Index

Bhyravajjula R. Phanikumar

Part 4 Advanced Techniques for Swelling Potential Assessment

14. Remote Sensing of Expansive Soils: Use of Hyperspectral Methodology for Clay Mapping and Hazard Assessment

Sabine Chabrillat and Alexander F.H. Goetz

15. Spectroscopy as a Tool for Studying Expansive Soils

Patrick Chege Kariuki, Keith Shepherd and Freek van der Meer

16. Finite Element Analysis of Piers in Expansive Soils

Yahia E.-A. Mohamedzein

17. Prediction of Swelling Pressure of Expansive Soils Using Neural Networks

Yahia E.-A. Mohamedzein, Rabab Ibrahim and Assim Alsanosi

18. Shrinkage Strain Characterization of Expansive Soils Using Digital Imaging Technology

Anand J. Puppala, Siva Pathivada, Venkat Bhadriraju and Laureano R. Hoyos

Part 5 Site Characterization

19. Swelling Behaviour of Expansive Shales: A Case Study From Saudi Arabia

Abdullah I. Al-Mhaidib

20. Volume Change Characteristics of Compacted Ankara Clay

Erdal Cokca and Ozlem Cora

21. Influence of Trees on Expansive Soils in Southern Australia

Donald A. Cameron, Mark B. Jaksa, Wayne Potter and Aaron O'Malley

Part 6 Lime Stabilization

22. Stabilization of Expansive Ankara Clay with Lime

Mehmet Celal Tonoz, Candan Gokceoglu and Resat Ulusay

23. Lime Stabilization of Expansive Clay

Zalihe Nalbantoglu

24. Combined Lime and Polypropylene Fiber Stabilization for Modification of Expansive Soils

Anand J. Puppala, Ekarin Wattanasanticharoen and Ali Porhaba

Part 7 Cement Stabilization

25. Assessment of Anisotropic Behaviour of Swelling Soils on Ground and Construction Work

Evangelos I. Stavridakis

26. Stabilization of Problematic Soils Using Cement and Lime

Evangelos I. Stavridakis

27. Influence of Sand Content on Strength and Durability of Cement-Acrylic Resin Treated Soil

Costas A. Anagnostopoulos

28. Physical and Engineering Properties of Cement Stabilized Soft Soil Treated With Acrylic Resin Additive

Costas A. Anagnostopoulos

Part 8 Other treatment methods

29. Pozzolanic Stabilization of Expansive Soils

P.V. Sivapullaiah

30. Swelling Characteristics and Improvement of Expansive Soil with Rice Husk Ash

Agus Setyo Muntohar

31. Effects of Addition of Fly Ash on Swell Potential of an Expansive Soil

Devrim Turker and Erdal Cokca

32. Dynamic Properties of Chemically Modified Sulfate Rich Expansive Clay

Laureano R. Hoyos, Phonlawut Chainuwat and Anand J. Puppala

33. Assessment of Seasonal Effects on Engineering Behavior of Chemically Treated Sulfate Rich Expansive Clay

Laureano R. Hoyos, Arthit Laikram and Anand J. Puppala

Part 9 Construction techniques and remedial measures

34. Granular Pile Anchors: An Innovative Foundation Technique for Expansive Soils

Bhyravajjula R. Phanikumar and Radhey S. Sharma

About the Editors

Dr. Al-Rawas has held various positions at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, including Dean of the College of Engineering. His research interests lie in expansive soils, problematic soils, calcined pozzolanic materials and oil-contaminated soils.

Dr. Goosen is currently Dean of the School of Science and Technology at the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico, USA. His research interests include the areas of water management, purification and conservation, wastewater treatment, and biotechnology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General