Evaluation of Laterite Soil Stabilized using Polymer Sack Fibers
Jeeja Menon1, M.S. Ravikumar2

1Jeeja Menon, Research Scholar, Department of Education, Noorul Islam College of Engineering, University, Kanyakumari, (Tamil Nadu), India.
2M.S. Ravikumar, Principal, PSN Engineering College, Autonomous Institutions, Tirunelveli, (Tamil Nadu), India.
Manuscript received on 07 April 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 20 April 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 April 2019 | PP: 682-685 | Volume-8 Issue-6, April 2019 | Retrieval Number: F2948048619/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: Utilization of fibers for soil stabilization is one of the effective and economical methods to enhance the engineering properties of soil. This paper aims to evaluate the potential capability of stabilizing locally available laterite soil with waste polymer sack fibers thereby making it more suitable for the manufacture of compressed stabilized earth block (CSEB). Tests were conducted with Polypropylene (PP) sack fibers of lengths 1cm, 1.5cm, 2cm each of 2mm width in constant fiber – soil ratio of 0.15. The experimental analysis suggests that the optimal aspect ratio is 7.5 and the sack fibers with 1.5cm length and 2mm width were selected as the constituent for developing CSEB. This study also contributes to sustainable construction techniques by utilizing plastic waste for producing building material thereby addressing the current environmental crisis as well.
Keyword: Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEB), Polypropylene (PP), Sack Fibers, Aspect ratio.
Scope of the Article: Social Sciences