MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 337, 2021PanAm-Unsat 2021: 3rd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Fundamentals and Experimental Investigations|
|Published online||26 April 2021|
Effect of osmotic suction on the stability of microaggregations and aggregations in a lateritic soil
1 Universidade de Brasília, postgraduate program in geotechnics, 70910–900 Darcy Ribeiro’s Campus, Brasil
* Andrea Cardona Pérez: email@example.com
It has been established that the matric suction is the portion of the total suction that affects, more directly, the mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils, being less considered the effects of the osmotic suction. Considering that in the deeply weathered soils will occur, depending on its chemical-mineralogical characteristics, more or less ionic exchange between the soil particles and the chemical products to which the soil has been exposed to, the study of the osmotic suction and its impact on the soil textural and structural stability becomes relevant. In natural terrain and slopes, the chemical products come mostly from agricultural inputs, while in road constructions they come from additives such as lime and cement that are incorporated to the soil with the objective of enhancing its mechanical behaviour. In the case of cast in situ concrete foundations, part of the concrete’s chemical compounds migrates to the surrounding soil. In all of the above mentioned cases, the matric suction acts on the chemical compounds’ migration process, affecting soil’s osmotic suction. Aiming at assessing the impacts of these chemical compounds on the soil properties and behaviour, soil-water characteristics curves of a lateritic soil mixed with a dolomitic limestone and a fertilizer were evaluated. The results show that, in the case of the fertilizer mixture, the variation of osmotic suction contributed to the disaggregation of the soil.
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