Volume 44, N. 1

January-March 2021

Unconfined compression strength of an artificially cemented aeolian dune sand of Natal/Brazil


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Soil behavior is influenced by the void ratio and bonds between grains. The aim of this study was to describe the strength behavior of an aeolian sand from the dunes of Natal, Brazil, artificially cemented in unconfined compression tests. The influence of cement content and moisture on molding and the validity of using the void/cement factor in estimating unconfined compression strength (UCS) were assessed. Tests were conducted with samples using three molding moisture contents (6, 9 and 12%), four cement contents (2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10%) and a void ratio of 0.6 (Dr = 95%). The results showed that unconfined compression strength rises with increase in cement content and decreasing in molding moisture. The void/cement factor proved to be a reliable parameter in predicting the behavior of sand from Natal for the dosage of soil cement.    

Keywords: Unconfined compression, Cemented sand, Dune sand, Natal sand, Strength compression,

Submitted on April 06, 2020.
Final Acceptance on January 27, 2021.
Discussion open until May 31, 2021.
DOI: 10.28927/SR.2021.049920