Assessment of The Effects of Guinea Corn Husk Ash on Lime-Stabilized Lateritic Soil

E.S. Nnochiri, H. O. Emeka, M.O. Daramola


This study assesses the effects of Guinea Corn Husk Ash (GCHA) on lime stabilized lateritic soil. Preliminary tests were carried out on natural soil sample, for the purposes of identification and classification. The soil sample was classified as A-7-5. Hydrated lime was added to the soil sample at varying proportions of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10% by weight of soil, thereafter, each of the mixes was subjected to atterberg limits tests to get the optimal amount of lime required, which was 10% lime because it was at this amount of lime that the least value of plasticity index was obtained. The guinea corn husk ash was later added to the lime-treated lateritic soil at proportions of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10%. Each of the mixes was subjected to compaction, California bearing ratio (CBR), atterberg limits and unconfined compressive strength (UCS) tests. Results from these tests showed improvement in soil properties, also, the values of the CBR and UCS increased considerably. It can be concluded that the GCHA performs satisfactorily as a cheap complement for lime in stabilizing lateritic soil. 


Atterberg limits; lateritic soil; hydrated lime; guinea corn husk ash; soil stabilization

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ISSN : 2180-3811       E-ISSN : 2289-814X

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