Influence of Bagasse Ash on Compaction Behvaiour of Soil
Mark Mikhail1, Mahdi Keramatikerman2, Amin Chegenizadeh3, Sergei Terzaghi4, Geoffrey Burns5, Hamid Nikraz6

1Mark Mikhail, Curtin University Bentley Campus in Perth, Western Australia.
2Dr. Mahdi Keramatikerman, is with Arup Australia, Queensland, Australia.
3Dr. Amin Chegenizadeh, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.
4Sergei Terzaghi, Geotechnical Lead with Arup America, Los Angeles, USA.
5Geoffrey Burns, Geotechnical Lead with Arup Australia, Queensland, Australia.
6Professor Hamid Nikraz, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.
Manuscript received on February 10, 2020. | Revised Manuscript received on February 24, 2020. | Manuscript published on March 10, 2020. | PP: 987-990 | Volume-9 Issue-5, March 2020. | Retrieval Number: E2693039520/2020©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.E2693.039520
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Abstract: Bagasse is one of the main by-products remaining from Sugarcane industry in tropical and subtropical regions. This by-product is used as a fuel in production of the sugar and a high amount of ash is remained due to this process. The remaining bagasse ash traditionally is used as a fertiliser, however recently it’s been used as a cost-effective additive in improvement of the mechanical characteristics of the soils by practitioners. This study investigates effect of addition of different percentages of bagasse ash on improvement of the compaction characteristics of the cemented kaolinite. The results showed that addition of bagasse ash increased the optimum moisture content of the soil (OMC) and reduced the maximum dry density (MDD). The recorded increase in OMC was attributed to the extra moisture that required to add for the hydration. Also, reduction in MDD was attributed to the weightless bagasse ash in compare with kaolinite clay. 
Keywords: Soil Mechanics, Compaction tests, Clay, OPC, Bagasse ash
Scope of the Article: Soil-Structure Interaction