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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8970153, 15 pages
Research Article

Laboratory Electrical Resistivity Studies on Cement Stabilized Soil

1Civil Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, Surathkal, India
2Larsen and Toubro Constructions, Chennai, India

Correspondence should be addressed to Nimi Ann Vincent

Received 2 February 2017; Accepted 26 March 2017; Published 30 April 2017

Academic Editor: Fernando Monteiro Santos

Copyright © 2017 Nimi Ann Vincent 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.


Electrical resistivity measurement of freshly prepared uncured and cured soil-cement materials is done and the correlations between the factors controlling the performance of soil-cement and electrical resistivity are discussed in this paper. Conventional quality control of soil-cement quite often involves wastage of a lot of material, if it does not meet the strength criteria. In this study, it is observed that, in soil-cement, resistivity follows a similar trend as unconfined compressive strength, with increase in cement content and time of curing. Quantitative relations developed for predicting 7-day strength of soil-cement mix, using resistivity of the soil-cement samples at freshly prepared state, after 1-hour curing help to decide whether the soil-cement mix meets the desired strength and performance criteria. This offers the option of the soil-cement mix to be upgraded (possibly with additional cement) in its fresh state itself, if it does not fulfil the performance criteria, rather than wasting the material after hardening.