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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2014, Article ID 848740, 7 pages
Research Article

Physical, Mineralogical, and Micromorphological Properities of Expansive Soil Treated at Different Temperature

1Department of Geosciences and Environmental Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031, China
2Wanzhou District Commission of Urban-Rural Development, Wanzhou, Chongqing 404000, China

Received 11 February 2014; Accepted 6 April 2014; Published 28 April 2014

Academic Editor: Wen Zeng

Copyright © 2014 Jian Li 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.


Different characterizations were carried out on unheated expansive soil and samples heated at different temperature. The samples are taken from the western outskirts of Nanning of Guangxi Province, China. In the present paper, the mineral and chemical composition and several essential physical parameters of unheated expansive soil are indicated by XRD and EDX analysis. Moreover, the structural transition and change of mechanical properties of samples heated in the range of room temperature to 140°C are proved by TG-DTA and SEM observation. The mean particle diameter, density, hydraulic behaviors, and bond strength also have been investigated. The results indicate that, along with the loss of free water, physical absorbed water, and chemically bound water, the microstructure experiences some obvious change. In addition, the particle size and density both will increase rapidly before 100°C and undertake a slow growth or decline when higher than 100°C. The hydraulic behaviors and strength performance of unheated samples and the one heated at 100°C are given out as well. All these researches play fundamental role in the pollution prevention, modification, and engineering application of expansive soil.