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Enhancing strength of MICP-treated sandy soils: from micro to macro scale

Wang, Y and Konstantinou, C and Soga, K and DeJong, JT and Biscontin, G and Kabla, AJ Enhancing strength of MICP-treated sandy soils: from micro to macro scale. (Unpublished)

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Microbial-Induced Calcium carbonate (CaCO3) Precipitation (MICP) has been extensively studied for soil improvement in geotechnical engineering. The properties of calcium carbonate crystals such as size and quantity affect the strength of MICP-treated soil. This study demonstrates how the data from micro-scale microfluidic experiments that examine the effects of injection intervals and concentration of cementation solution on the properties of calcium carbonate crystals can be used to optimise the MICP treatment of macro-scale sand soil column experiments for effective strength enhancement. The micro-scale experiments reveal that, due to Ostwald ripening, longer injection intervals allow smaller crystals to dissolve and reprecipitate into larger crystals regardless of the concentration of cementation solution. By applying this finding in the macro-scale experiments, a treatment duration of 6 days, where injection intervals were 12 h, 24 h, and 48 h for cementation solution concentration of 0.25 M, 0.5 M and 1.0 M, respectively, was long enough to precipitate crystals large enough for effective strength enhancement. This was indicated by the fact that significantly higher soil strength and larger crystals were produced when treatment duration increased from 3 days to 6 days, but not when it increased from 6 days to 12 days.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: physics.geo-ph physics.geo-ph
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Div C > Biomechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 20:02
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:12