Effect of PH on Geotechnical Properties of Laterite Soil Used in Highway Pavement Construction

Olukorede M. Osuolale, Olumide D. Falola, Mojeed A. Ayoola


Laterite is one of the major materials used in highway pavement construction in Nigeria. Its properties are affected by some environmental factors which may make it unsuitable for highway pavement construction. This research was aimed of investigating the effect of pH on geotechnical properties of Laterite soil used in highway construction.

Laterite soil sample was collected from a burrow pit at LAUTECH and it was sun dried for about 24 hours and then soaked in different pH solutions (pH =3.0, pH=5.0, pH = 7.0 and pH= 9.0) using diluted tetraoxosulphate (vi) acid (H2SO4) and ammonia. The container was perforated at the bottom in order simulate the actual field condition. The soil samples were taken from soaked sample at 14, 28, 42, 56, 70 and 84 days for sun drying and subsequent laboratory tests. The original and treated samples were subjected to the following laboratory tests: Sieve analysis, Liquid and Plastic limits, Plasticity index, British standard compaction and California bearing ratio.

The results showed that the pH of the solution has strong influence on the geotechnical characteristics of the Laterite soil when compared with the original soil sample. This influence caused reduction on the strength properties of the soil and thereby rending it unsuitable for highway construction.

Keywords: Laterite, pH, consistency limits, California bearing ratio,

Full Text: PDF
Download the IISTE publication guideline!

To list your conference here. Please contact the administrator of this platform.

Paper submission email: CER@iiste.org

ISSN (Paper)2224-5790 ISSN (Online)2225-0514

Please add our address "contact@iiste.org" into your email contact list.

This journal follows ISO 9001 management standard and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Copyright © www.iiste.org