Environmental Geology

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 987–997 | Cite as

A field application for lime stabilization

Original Article


This study presents the improvements achieved as a result of the lime stabilization application conducted by the joint effort of the Turkish Association of Lime Industrialists and the General Directorate of Rural Services on the 200 m long section of the Ankara Province Yukarı Yurtçu Village road where green and brown clays are dominant. The study also numerically demonstrates the impacts of these improvements on the road section based on the results of various laboratory and field tests. The lime stabilization in field conditions was performed with 5% lime for both clays and was applied as a 30 cm thick single layer. In the soaked California bearing-ratio (CBR) tests conducted in the laboratory, increases that reach up from 16 and 21 times compared to initial soaked CBR values were observed in green and brown clays, respectively, at the end of 28 days. The high increases observed in soaked CBR values would reduce the upper layer thickness of the roads. The similar improvements are also achieved in unconfined compression and plate loading tests. The comparisons performed with the plate loading tests clearly demonstrated the behavior of the surface to lime and its cure impact.


Lime stabilization Clay soils Plate loading CBR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Civil Engineering DepartmentKocaeli UniversityIzmit, KocaeliTurkey
  2. 2.Turkish Lime AssociationİstanbulTurkey

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