Numerical simulation of cement-treated soil reinforced with coir fiber subjected to flexural loading

Vivi Anggraini, Afshin Asadi, Bujang B.K. Huat, Agusril Syamsir

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The utilization of soft marine clay deposits in the construction of earth platforms has recently come under concern because of potential for cracking in the compacted layer after construction. Because soft marine clay is weak in tension, a testing program was undertaken to determine the effects of using coir fibers and cement as reinforcements on the potential failure of the soft marine clay layer. The investigated admixture of cement and coir fiber was fixed at 10% of cement, with the amount of coir fiber contents varying at 1.0%, 1.5%, 2.0%, and 2.5%. A three-point bending test was conducted to investigate the flexural behavior of the soil treated with coir fibers and cement at 7, 14, and 28 days curing age. The results show that the addition of coir fibers and cement increase both flexural strength and Young's modulus. The numerical analysis using ABAQUS software was also conducted to observe failure patterns of the soil beam composite.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Engineering 2015
Subtitle of host publicationPerformance of the Built Environment - Proceedings of the 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering
EditorsJoshua B. Kardon, Alicia E. Diaz de Leon, Anthony M. Dolhon, Michael J. Drerup, Michael P. Lester, Clemens J. Rossell
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479711
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventCongress on Forensic Engineering 2015 - Miami, United States of America
Duration: 15 Nov 201518 Nov 2015
Conference number: 7th (Proceedings)


ConferenceCongress on Forensic Engineering 2015
CountryUnited States of America
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  • Cement
  • Coir fiber
  • Failure pattern
  • Flexural strength
  • Numerical analysis
  • Plasticity index
  • Soft marine clay
  • Young's modulus

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