Effect of cement replacement with carbide waste on the strength of stabilized clay subgrade.
Keywords: Carbide waste; cement replacement; soil stabilization; split tensile strength; subgrade; unconfined compressive strength.
Expansive soil is known as problematic soil causing detrimental effect on pavement system. A case of pavement deterioration over the expansive soil in Yogyakarta has been investigated by Muntohar . Cement stabilized soil technique has been applied successfully in pavement base layers . In recent years, the utilization of waste materials has received considerable attention. Reuse of waste materials in construction has several benefits; to reduce the disposal costs incurred by industry, and ultimately providing sustainable development and economic growth. Some waste materials have properties that allow utilization as pavement materials either as a structural or replacement components. One of the potential waste materials to be reused is carbide waste.
Carbide waste contains calcium material that is a by-product from the production of acetylene gas (C2H2). The waste is generated as a slurry that comprised of 85.95% calcium hydroxide (Ca[(OH).sub.2]), minor parts of calcium carbonate (CaCO3 . 1.10%), and unreacted carbon and silicates (1.3%) . In general, calcium hydroxide (Ca[(OH).sub.2]) of the carbide waste is generated from the reaction between water (H2O) and calcium carbide (CaC2) as;
Ca[C.sub.2] +2[H.sub.2]O [right arrow][C.sub.2][H.sub.2] +Ca[(OH).sub.2] (1)
The carbide waste from acetylene gas (C2H2) production is usually disposed of by landfilling, which may create further problems, i.e. the leaching of harmful compounds and alkali to groundwater. Application of the carbide waste in soil stabilization has been investigated in combination with cement or other cementitious materials [4-8].
Cement and its various form has been the most widely used stabilization agent for clay and sandy soil. In the soil stabilization with waste materials, cement was used to activate fly ash and ground granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBFS). Consoli et al.  and Xi et al.  used carbide waste as an activator to replace cement partially in combination with fly ash and GGBFS for soil stabilization. Their studies showed that the carbide lime controlled the initial stages of strength gain. Based on the previous research, a research need to further investigate on the carbide waste replaced cement for soil stabilization especially on the effect of the compressive and tensile strength. Thus, the purpose of this research is to define the effectiveness of the cement replacement and to find the maximum carbide wastes content to be allowed for a clay subgrade. Variables evaluated were compressive strength, tensile strength, and a range of curing times.
The soils were taken from Kasihan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The geotechnical properties of the soil are presented in Table 1. The grain size distribution curve of the soil is shown in Figure 1. According to the Unified Soil Classification System , the soil specimen was classified as high plasticity clay (CH), while the soil was grouped into A-7-5 according to AASHTO classification .
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The stabilizers used in this research consisted of the cement and carbide waste (CW). The cement was Type I Portland cement composite produced by PT. Holcim Indonesia Tbk. The cement was mainly compounded with C3S (60%), C2S (22%), and C4AF (18%). The chemical composition of the cement is presented in Table 2. The CW was collected from the disposal area of the electroplating industry in Sedayu, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The raw CW consisted of wet powder and granulated particles. Then, the CW was sun-dried for 2-3 days to reduce its high moisture content. For the final stage of drying, the CW was dried at 105oC for 24 h in an electrical oven. The oven dried CW was ground in the Los Angeles Abrasion Machine for 2 hours to provide an acceptable fineness. The CW predominantly consisted of CaO, Al2O3, SiO2, and minor metallic oxides (Fe, Na, K, Mg, Mn) which are all lower than 0.25% (Table 2). The CW was composed of 81% portlandite mineral, which consists of calcium hydroxide, as the primary crystalline phase, about 19% carbonate and carbon in light quantity (Figure 2).
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Series of the laboratory testing was undertaken to evaluate the influence of mixture proportion of the carbide waste and cement for soil stabilization. Two primary laboratories testing conducted were unconfined compressive strength and split tensile strength. A cylindrical specimen of 50 mm in diameter by 100 mm in length was used for the experiments. The percentage by mass of cement and carbide waste for stabilization is presented in Table 3. The amount of cement required for stabilization was determined from the relationship between the plasticity index and various cement content (Figure 3). The required cement content for stabilization was determined from the cement fixation point. The cement fixation point is the transitional point that the dramatic change in plasticity index turns to the little change in plasticity index. In this study, the cement fixation point was at 10% of dry weight of soil. The specimens were moist cured after molded for 1, 7, 14, and 28 days to study the influence of curing time on the strength.
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Specimen Preparation and Testing Procedure
Both treated and untreated soil samples were prepared at optimum moisture content in accordance with the data from the standard proctor test (see Table 1) to control the effect of density and moisture. Each specimen was statically compacted in a cylindrical mold. Afterward, the specimen was dismantled from the mold. The mass of the specimen was determined immediately after preparation and then kept in a plastic bag for particular days of curing. For the cement-stabilized soil, the mass of cement was 10% of the dry mass of soil. For the cement - carbide waste mixture, the quantities of cement was replaced accordingly based on the ratio as presented in Table 3. In Table 3, specimen CC7030, refers to cement content of 7% and 3% carbide waste; whereas for specimen CC1090, the mixture composition was 1% cement and 9% carbide waste. All the materials were weighed in dry conditions.
The unconfined compression test was determined in accordance with ASTM D5102-04 for the stabilized soils . The force was applied so that the strain rate was approximately 1 mm/minute until specimen failure. The split tensile test procedure was ASTM C496-96  deals with the determination of tensile strength. The strain rate was approximately 1 mm/minute until specimen failure
Results and discussion
Unconfined Compressive Strength and Split Tensile Strength
The variation of the unconfined compressive strength with the percent of carbide waste is shown in Figures 4a and b. In general, unconfined compressive strength decreases with decreasing of the percentage of cement in the soil mixture. Cement stabilized clay enhanced the unconfined compressive strength of clay considerably from 32 kPa (see Table 1) to 1200 kPa (1.2 MPa) and 3010 kPa (3.01 MPa) after one and 28 days of curing respectively. Whereas, the unconfined compressive strength of the carbide waste mixed clay increased slightly from 32 kPa to 380 kPa (0.38 MPa) and 590 kPa (0.59 MPa) after one and 28 days of curing respectively. Reducing cement portion in the cement - carbide waste - soil mixtures result in decreasing the unconfined compressive strength. It was observed in Figure 4a that there was little change in unconfined compressive strength if the carbide content was less than 3% in the mixtures. The percent of reduction in unconfined compressive strength is presented in Figure 4b. The best-fit line in Figure 4b shows that the unconfined compressive strength decreased about one-half after 70% cement replacement with carbide waste. Full replacement of cement (stabilized with carbide waste solely), caused about 80% strength reductions.
Tensile strength is an important parameter for understanding and predicting the shrinkage cracking potential and flexural fatigue potential of subgrade . The effect of cement and cement-carbide mixture on tensile strength increase is an important design consideration for pavement. The tensile strength of untreated soil was very low about 3.26 kPa (Table 1). Experimental results of this study show that addition cement, as OPC specimens, increases the tensile strength in the range of 0.67 MPa to 1.09 MPa after one to 28 days of curing. Figure 5a illustrates the variation of the split tensile strength with the percent of carbide waste in the soil - cement mixtures. Similar to the unconfined compressive strength, replacing cement content with a carbide waste in the mixtures results in decreasing tensile strength.
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The tensile strength tends to decrease greater than one-half after 50% cement replacement (Figure 5b). Full replacement of the cement with carbide waste caused about 90% reduction in tensile strength. Comparing the tensile strength to unconfined compressive strength, the strength reduction in tensile was higher than the compression.
Variation of Curing Time and Cement - Carbide Waste Mixture
Figure 6a and 6b illustrate the variation of compressive and tensile strength with curing period respectively. As expected the compressive and tensile strength of stabilized soil with cement and cement-carbide waste mixtures gradually increased with curing age. The lines in Figure 6 are an empirical strength development that was approached by logarithm model. It was shown that the strength developed faster from the early age to seven days of curing. If the compressive strength at 28 days is defined as reference for maximum strength, then the gain of strength is about 81 to 92 percents of the maximum strength achieved at seven days of curing. After 14 days of curing, the strength rate grew slowly about 8 to 9 percent. The rate of strength development will depend upon the level of cement replacement and curing time. At the early stage, unconfined compressive strength of the carbide-stabilized soil developed rapidly about 92%, while the cement-stabilized soil is about 81%. The result indicates that the carbide waste controlled the gain of soil strength at early stage of curing. The same characteristic was observed by Consoli et al. .
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Figure 6a shows that the compressive strengths of the cement-carbide waste specimen at one day range from 0.38 to 1.15 MPa while that of OPC specimen was 1.19 MPa. At the age of 28 days, the unconfined compressive strength of cement-carbide waste specimen increased to 0.59 - 2.36 MPa depending on the mix proportion of cement and carbide waste. In Figure 6b, the same trend is observed for the tensile strength of the specimens. The 28 days strength for carbide waste mix was 0.67 MPa and 1.09 MPa for cement mix. It is obvious that the carbide waste mix (CCW) have a lower tensile strength than cement-mixed soil specimen (OPC). Cement stabilized soil still gave the highest compressive and tensile strength among the mixtures. The result shows that the tensile strength is a function only of the amount of cementitious compounds formed, which increases with curing time.
The Indonesian standard SNI 03-3438-1994  for cement stabilized road required the unconfined compressive strength after seven and 28 days of placing. The required unconfined compressive strength after seven days of mixing is 0.6 MPa and 2.2 MPa as subgrade and base course respectively. While the required strength after 28 days of mixing is 1.4 MPa and 3.5 MPa as subgrade and base course respectively. The tensile strength of cement stabilized subgrade and base course are minimum 0.2 MPa after seven days of curing.
Table 4 present the evaluation of the soil mixtures based on these requirements. It was found that the stabilized soils are only suitable as subgrade, except specimen CCW and CC1090. The result indicates that the carbide waste alone cannot be used for subgrade improvement, and its content to replace cement in the mixture should be less than 70%.
Based on the results illustrated in Figures 4 to 5 and Table 4, it can be noted that the stabilized soil containing 3% of cement, and 7% of carbide waste (CC3070) gave minimum strength required as pavement subgrade. Increasing the cement replacement from 30% of total mixtures resulted in a lower compressive and tensile strength, but still higher than the untreated soil. The decreasing strength might be attributed to less cementitous materials in the soil - cement - carbide waste mixtures. Some researchers [15,16] mentioned that elements of the oxides of SiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, and CaO were important for evaluating the cementing or pozzolanic characteristics. The cementing characteristic is expressed in terms of hydration or calcium ratio that is defined as the ratio of CaO to the summation of SiO2 and Al2O3 (CaO/(SiO2 + Al2O3). The other ratio is silica ratio (SiO2/(Al2O3 + Fe2O3)) which represent the required energy to combine raw materials in a stabilization application. The calcium ratio of cement and carbide waste is 2.44 and 4.71 respectively, while the silica ratio of cement and carbide waste is 2.22 and 0.38 respectively. These ratios indicate that carbide waste was not self-cementing material since the lack of siliceous materials. Replacing higher cement content with carbide waste will result in unreacted CaO or liberated lime. The conversion of liberated lime into calcium silicate hydrate (C-S-H) need silica, confers enhanced strength . Cetin et al.  indicated that larger CaO content, calcium and silica ratio would result in a higher bearing capacity value of the stabilized soil. However, in this study, higher carbide waste content in the mixture could not achieve higher strength. It might be the presence of carbonate (Figure 2), lower silica content and higher LOI (Table 2) in the carbide waste that detained the pozzolanic reaction in soil stabilization system. Horpibulsuk et al.  explained that the liberated carbide lime have a deterioration effect for soil stabilization. As the result, the unconfined compressive strength decreased gradually with the carbide waste content.
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The unconfined compression test is the most common method of strength measurement. Practically, the tensile strength can be correlated with the unconfined compressive strength. The correlation is commonly used for the mechanistic design of pavement [12,18]. Attempts were also made to relate statistically the unconfined compressive strength and split tensile strength of the stabilized soil and the other variables such as the curing time and carbide waste content. The statistical correlation between those variables is presented as scatter matrix graph as shown in Figure 7. Principally the r-value ranges from -1 to 1. Two variables strongly correlated if the r-value is closer to -1 or 1 .
In this study, the curing age influenced the strength gained in the compressive and tensile strength of the specimens as shown in correlation curve in Figure 7a and 7b respectively. There was a weak correlation between curing time and carbide waste content (Figure 7d), indicating both variables were independent. However the unconfined compressive strength and split tensile strength show very strong correlation (Figure 7c). This study showed that the split tensile strength of the cement - carbide waste mixed soil is approximately 0.43 times the unconfined compressive strength. This estimated value is higher than the lime-stabilized soil as determined by other researchers. Thompson  and Baghdadi et al.  concluded that the indirect tensile strength of limesoil mixtures was approximately 0.13 times the unconfined compressive strength. While Little  defined that the tensile strength of lime-soil mixtures was approximately 0.25 times the unconfined compressive strength. Muntohar and Abidin  stated that the plasticity index of the carbide waste stabilized soil was higher than the lime or cement stabilized soil for the same proportion of stabilizer, but lower than the untreated soil. Plasticity index is known as adhesiveness of soil particles and related to the tensile strength . A higher plasticity index indicates a higher ability to adhere the soil particles. Hence, it is the possible cause of the higher tensile strength value of carbide waste-soil mixtures.
The negative r-value in Figure 7e and 7f indicated that the carbide waste content has a detrimental effect on the strength of cement-stabilized soil. A decrease in strength, which appears when the carbide waste proportion replaced cement, was caused by unsoundness due to free lime. Horpibulsuk et al.  also explained a similar characteristic. Krammat and Tangtermsirikul  explained that the excess free lime usually hydrates very slowly, causing unsoundness of the cement mixtures in the hardened state. The increasing of carbide waste will increase the free lime, thus results in burn-ability improvement of the cement and volume stability of the cement-soil matrix. In this study found that, replacing cement with a greater amount of carbide waste may not be beneficial for soil improvement.
Series of the laboratory study was conducted to investigate the feasibility of cement replacement with carbide waste in soil stabilization framework. The effects of mixtures composition and curing time on compressive and tensile strength of soil have been studied. The observations are summarized as follows:
1. Cement-stabilized clay soil contributes to the highest compressive and tensile strength among the mixtures. Replacing cement with carbide waste reduces its ability to resist the compressive and tensile stress. The carbide waste content should be less than 70% of the admixture to provide a sufficient effect on a clay subgrade.
2. In general, the strength of stabilized clay soil is higher than the untreated soil. The strength increases with the curing time. The strength developed rapidly within seven days of curing, thereafter, the strength increases marginally with the elapsed time. The tensile strength of the stabilized soil was 0.43 times of its unconfined compressive strength.
3. The Indonesian standard SNI 03-3438-1994 required the unconfined compressive strength of the subgrade to be 0.6 MPa and 1.4 MPa after seven days and 28 days of mixing respectively. In addition, the required tensile strength is 0.2 MPa after seven days of curing. Based on these requirements, only the stabilized soils with cement and cement replacement less than 30% are suitable as subgrade.
The research is part of competitive research scheme of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta in 2009/2010. The research was continued under the research grant from Ministry of Education and Culture; The Republic of Indonesia under fundamental research scheme in 2011/2012. Authors greatly appreciate for the financial supports.
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Muntohar, A.S. (1*), Hartono, E. (1), Diana, W. (1), and Rahmawati, A. (1)
(1) Department of Civil Engineering, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, INDONESIA
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Note: Discussion is expected before June, 1st 2016, and will be published in the "Civil Engineering Dimension" volume 18, number 2, September 2016.
Received 10 May 2014 revised 13 Novermber 2015; accepted 22 December 2016.
Table 1. Index and Geotechnical Properties of the Soil Used Properties Value Specific gravity 2.63 Grain size: Sand 11% Silt 42% Clay 47% Consistency limits: Liquid limit 84% Plastic limit 29% Plasticity index 55% Compaction (Standard Proctor): Maximum dry density, MDD 11.05 kN/m3 Optimum moisture content, OMC 28% Natural moisture content 10-70% Unconfined compressive strength 32 kPa Split-tensile strength 3.26 kPa Swelling index 0.078 Mineral Na-Montmorillonite Table 2. Chemical Composition of the Cement and Carbide Waste Elements Cement (%) Carbide Waste (%) Al2O3 5.80 8.80 CaO 63.9 57.40 Fe2O3 3.40 0.11 MgO 1.10 0.098 Na2O 0.20 0.012 K2O 0.30 0.03 MnO 0.002 0.0004 SiO2 20.4 3.40 SO3 1.98 0.10 Loss on Ignition (LOI) 2.90 30.05 Table 3. Mixtures Design and Testing Program Specimen Code Testing Curing Time (day) UCS STS 1 7 14 28 Untreated Soil Soil * * * * * * Soil + 10% PCC PCC * * * * * * Soil + 7% PCC + 3% CW CC7030 * * * * * * Soil + 5% PCC + 5% CW CC5050 * * * * * * Soil + 3% PCC + 7% CW CC3070 * * * * * * Soil + 1% PCC + 9% CW CC1090 * * * * * * Soil + 10% CW CCW * * * * * * *: tested; *: not-tested; PCC = cement; CW: carbide waste; UCS: unconfined compressive strength test; STS: splittensile strength test. All the percentage of PCC and CW are by weight of dry soil Table 4. Evaluation of the UCS and STS Criteria for Road Based on SNI 03-3438-1994  Curing Unconfined Compressive Strength of specimens (MPa) (day) CCW CC1090 CC3070 CC5050 CC7030 OPC (*) 7 0.40 0.48 0.82 1.04 1.57 1.74 (Subgrade/Base) (*) (N/N) (N/N) (Y/N) (Y/N) (Y/N) (Y/N) 28 0.59 0.74 1.55 1.98 2.36 3.01 (Subgrade/Base) (*) (N/N) (N/N) (Y/N) (Y/N) (Y/N) (Y/N) Split-tensile Strength of specimens (MPa) 7 0.06 0.19 0.20 0.43 0.61 0.85 (Subgrade/Base) (*) (N/N) (N/N) (Y/Y) (Y/Y) (Y/Y) (Y/Y) Note: (*) evaluation the requirement for subgrade/base course; Y: fulfill the requirement of; N: not fulfill the requirement of
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