Soil stabilization is the permanent physical and chemical alteration of soils to enhance their physical properties. Stabilization can increase the shear strength of a soil and/or control the shrink-swell properties of a soil; therefore, improving the structural capacity of the soil.
Stabilization can be used to treat a wide range of sub-grade materials from expansive clays to granular materials. Stabilization can be achieved with a variety of chemical additives including lime, fly-ash, and portland cement, as well as by-products such as lime-kiln dust (LKD) and cement-kiln dust (CKD).
Proper design and testing is an important component of any stabilization project and our soil stabilizing experts at Byrne & Jones can determine the most effective solution for your property. They will establish design criteria as well as determine the proper chemical additive and admixture rate to be used to achieve the desired engineering properties.
If you're wondering if your construction project could be enhanced through the soil stabilization process, call the experts at Byrne & Jones Construction at 314-567-7997. We've helped property managers, business owners, universities, highway departments and government facilities in the St. Louis area and throughout the Midwest with their challenges and we're ready to work for you.
Benefits of the stabilization process can include:
- Higher resistance (R) values
- Reduction in plasticity
- Lower permeability
- Reduction of pavement thickness
- Elimination of excavation, material hauling and handling, and base importation
- Aids compaction
- Provides "all-weather" access onto and within projects sites
Typical material used in soil stabilization can include
Equipment for the stabilization and modification processes includes:
- Chemical additive spreaders
- Soil mixers (reclaimers)
- Portable pneumatic storage containers
- Water trucks
- Deep lift compactors
- Motor graders