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Influence of Cement Chemistry on the Performance of Cement Stabilized Tropical Lateritic Soil

Odumade Adegboyega Oduniyi1, Ezeah Chukwunonye1, Charles Nnamdi Ezugwu1 and Ekeoma Emmanuel1
  • 1 Federal University, Nigeria


Chemical composition affects overall performance of cement on other materials such as when used in concrete or for stabilization of lateritic soil. This research studied the influence of chemical composition of three Portland cement types represented as samples A, B and C on engineering performance when mixed with laterite under tropical environmental conditions.The Lateritic soil sample classified according to AASHTO as A-5(4) was collected from a typical tropical region. Performances of these cements were considered at different cement-laterite proportions, varying from 2-14%. Parameters determined include chemical and metallic contents of the cements as well as Maximum Dry Density (MDD), California Bearing Ratio (CBR) and Unconfined Compressive Strength (UCS) of cement-laterite mixat a temperature range of 26-28°C. One-way Anova test was used to validate the significant variation in the chemical composition of cements and the unconfined compressive strength. Results indicate that the bearing capacity and unconfined compressive strength of laterite – cement mix depend on the quantity of lime (CaO) and silicon dioxide (SiO2) content in the cement; results also confirm the influence of Aluminium Oxide (Al2O3) and sulphur trioxide (SO3) content on the setting time of cement.

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 11 No. 2, 2018, 783-791


Submitted On: 12 April 2018 Published On: 21 May 2018

How to Cite: Oduniyi, O. A., Chukwunonye, E., Ezugwu, C. N. & Emmanuel, E. (2018). Influence of Cement Chemistry on the Performance of Cement Stabilized Tropical Lateritic Soil. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 11(2), 783-791.

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  • Chemical Composition
  • Portland Cement
  • Laterite
  • Setting Time
  • Bearing Capacity
  • Unconfined Compressive Strength