PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF AGRICULTURE WASTE TO ATTAIN SOIL STABILIZATION FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN PUNJAB PAKISTAN
Journal: Earth Science Malaysia (ESMY)
Author: Awais Masood Ahmed, Muhammad Ali, Ghulam Murtaza, Muhammad Ajmal Ramzani, Muhammad Siddique Qureshi, Ahmad, Ahsan Saif Ullah, Malahat Zehra
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The soil underneath any type of structure e.g. Building, road, highways etc. should be able to resist loadings, if not so it is subjected to failure. Usually the soil at the site is not ideal from viewpoint of engineering. An approach to this problem, is to improve the soils or to adopt soil stabilization. Various methods of soil stabilization have been developed and in practice across the world. In this research an attempt was made to use the agricultural waste to improve the soil stability, as in Punjab agricultural waste is available in excess. In Punjab, major crops are wheat and rice. So wheat straw is available in excess in Punjab. In Punjab, mostly we have clayey soil. We select the representative samples from different areas of Punjab namely Kasur, Lahore and Sheikhupura and performed certain tests on these samples. The wheat straw totally failed in enhancing compaction, but compressive stress increased up to some extent. So it can be utilized in slopes of embankments of highways, railways etc. but can’t be used in construction of structures. So it is recommended that the future students should very fine wheat straw to make the project better and having a more in depth analysis.