Effect of cement on the engineering properties of pavement materials

Arooran Sounthararajah, Nhu Nguyen, Ha Hong Bui, Peerapong Jitsangiam, Gordon Lai Ming Leung, Jayantha Kodikara

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It is well known that cement stabilization of granular materials is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly technique for the highway construction. However, the testing and design methods for these stabilized materials have not been sufficiently advanced scientifically, which hinders their full potential application. The proper characterization of the stabilized pavement materials is vital for the successful pavement design and construction. This paper presents the results from an experimental study on the effect of cement stabilization on pavement materials in terms of engineering properties essential for use in mechanistic design of road pavements. The test results from this study revealed that the index and shrinkage properties of the pavement materials are significantly influenced by cement content, and the tensile and compressive resistances of a cement stabilized pavement base layer increase significantly with the increasing cement content and increasing curing period. Based on the test results, it is concluded that the flexural modulus/UCS and the flexural strength/UCS ratios of the cement stabilized pavement materials depend on the material, age of curing, initial stage of the compacted material and laboratory testing practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st International Conference on Civil Engineering and Materials Science, 2016
Subtitle of host publicationSingapore, Singapore, 1-3 May, 2016
EditorsZhihua Guo, C. W. Lim, Kyoung Sun Moon, George C. Manos
Place of PublicationPfaffikon Switzerland
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783038357483
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Civil Engineering and Materials Science 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 1 May 20163 May 2016
Conference number: 1st
https://www.scientific.net/MSF.866 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd.
ISSN (Print)0255-5476
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9752


ConferenceInternational Conference on Civil Engineering and Materials Science 2016
Abbreviated titleICCEMS 2016
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  • Cement
  • Compaction
  • Flexural properties
  • Index and shrinkage properties
  • Pavement materials
  • Unconfined compressive strength

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