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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 1742676, 10 pages
Research Article

Mechanical Properties of Scrap Tire Crumbs-Clayey Soil Mixtures Determined by Laboratory Tests

1College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266590, China
2College of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350116, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Dayong Li; moc.361@ydydl

Received 15 August 2017; Revised 6 November 2017; Accepted 26 November 2017; Published 15 February 2018

Academic Editor: Jun Liu

Copyright © 2018 ShanShan Li and Dayong Li. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Some laboratory tests, such as Proctor compaction test, direct shear and cyclic direct shear tests, consolidation test, and unconfined compression test, were performed on scrap tire crumbs-clayey soil mixtures to study the mechanical properties of the mixtures. The results show that (1) the maximum dry unit weight and the corresponding optimum moisture content of the mixtures decrease rapidly with the increase of scrap tire crumbs content (CSTC), showing good potential for using the mixtures as lightweight fill material; (2) it is not possible to prepare the mixture when CSTC exceeds 30% due to the occurrence of cracks in the mixture after removing from a mould; and (3) the shear strength of mixtures approximately increases by 20% when CSTC is up to 30%, while the residual strength decreases by 15%, compared with that of pure clayey soil. During shearing, the dilation of the mixtures occurs, particularly under the condition of a high CSTC and a low vertical pressure. Besides, the compressive strength and consolidation settlement of the mixtures decrease with CSTC increasing. The results indicate that it is possible for scrap tire crumbs used to improve clayey soil, which is suitable to act as a fill material.