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Soil Stabilization using Plastic Fiber


Jeny Merin Paul , Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kerala; Jasmin Varghese Kalliyath, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kerala; Jithin Thomas Joy, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kerala; Antony Mathew Vaddakal, Amal Jyothi College of Engineering, Kerala


Soil, Plastic cover, Stabilization, Optimum moisture content (OMC)


Rapid improvements in the engineering world have influenced the lifestyle of human beings to a great extent. But the day to day activities of mankind are augmenting risks to the environment in the same proportion. Plastic wastes have become one of the major problems for the world. The harmful gas which is being produced by them leads to tremendous health related problems. So, effective engineering implementation of this has become one of the challenging jobs for engineers. In recent years, researchers from various fields have attempted to solve environmental problems caused by the production of non-biodegradable wastes like plastic. Using a geotechnical viewpoint, this paper proposes a partial solution to a major item which piles up in the wastages i.e. Plastic. But the primary objective of this project is to examine the potential capability of stabilizing soil using plastic cover wastes. Various tests such as Standard Proctor, UCC were carried out with different samples to determine the effect of plastic fibers in silty clay. The initial results obtained were promising and supporting the fact of achieving stability of the soil. The advantages of this project results in three folds- Utilization of natural resource (silty clay), Economy, and waste management. Mixing of plastic waste with expansive soil helps to mitigate the volume change behavior of silty clay. Thus the material which was considered as a curse to the environment has turned out to be a boon to the civil engineering community.

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Manuscript Id :IJSTEV2I12007
Published in :Volume : 2, Issue : 12
Publication Date: 01/07/2016
Page(s): 484-487
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