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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2017, Article ID 5786541, 6 pages
Research Article

Study on Strength Behavior of Organic Soil Stabilized with Fly Ash

Department of Civil Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Khulna 9203, Bangladesh

Correspondence should be addressed to Bayshakhi Deb Nath; moc.oohay@htanbedihkahsyab

Received 5 May 2017; Accepted 9 August 2017; Published 11 September 2017

Academic Editor: Robert Černý

Copyright © 2017 Bayshakhi Deb Nath et al. 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.


The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of fly ash on the consistency, compactness, acidic properties, and strength of organic soil. The presence of organic content in the soil has detrimental impacts on the physical and strength behavior of soil. To investigate the effectiveness of fly ash in the stabilization of organic soil, two types of fly ashes (Type I and Type II) at different percentages were used. It is found that fly ash significantly reduces the plasticity index of the organic soil, whereas the liquid and plastic limits increase. The dry density of the fly ash-soil mixture increases significantly, while the water requirement reduces due to the addition of fly ash. The increase of dry density compromises higher strength. The increase of with the increase of fly ash content is mainly due to the pozzolanic reaction of fly ash, although the reduction in water content results from the addition of dry fly ash solid. Moreover, Type I fly ash contributes a higher value of qu compared to Type II fly ash. This is attributed to the characteristics of fly ash including CaO and CaO/SiO2 ratio.