THE INFLUENCE OF MOISTURE CONTENT ON SETTLEMENT OF COMPACTED SOILS

Kayode-Ojo, Na and Ighavongbe, G. E

Abstract

Compaction of soils is an important pre-requisite for the construction of man-made structures like roads, dams, embankments etc. Likewise, the consolidation test is of great importance as the consolidation properties determined from the test are used to estimate the magnitude and the rate of both elastic and primary consolidation settlement of a structure. This paper focuses on the effect of moisture content on settlement in compacted soils. Soil samples were obtained from Useh, Upper Siluko road in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State. Geotechnical properties of the soil samples were carried out in accordance with the British Standard codes. The results revealed that the soils in the area are silty clay, the consolidation settlement were negligible but will increase when inundated with water, indicating that the soils from the location can actually withstand settlement problems. Read full PDF

Keywords: Consolidation settlement, Compaction, Moisture content, Elastic settlement, Silty clay

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