Permeation of compacted clay with organic fluids
Penetration of organic liquids through the soil causes contamination and considerable changes in the geotechnical properties of soils. In general, these changes are attributed to variations in the dielectric constant and chemistry of the pore fluids, which result in several changes in soil behaviour. For this reason, it is necessary to investigate the geotechnical properties of contaminated soils for engineering and environmental purposes. In the present study, an extensive laboratory investigation programme was carried out on a clayey soil to examine the effect of different percentages of pore fluids on sedimentation time, plasticity and shear strength of the soil obtained from Famagusta, North Cyprus. Contaminated specimens were prepared with different percentages of 0, 20, 40 and 60% ethylene glycol by volume of distilled water. Index tests were performed in order to investigate the sedimentation time and the plasticity changes in the contaminated soils. Finally, unconfined compression tests were carried out on the contaminated samples to evaluate the shear strength parameter of the soil. The results showed a decrease in sedimentation time and plasticity, and it was also shown that the unconfined compressive strength of the contaminated soils decreases with increasing percentage of ethylene glycol.
International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment
Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified