Effect of Organic Matter on Geotechnical Behavior of Soils

  • Rinku VargheseEmail author
  • S. Chandrakaran
  • K. Rangaswamy
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


The unpredictable behaviour of organic soil makes the soil complicated to handle for geotechnical engineers. In this paper an attempt was made to study the effect of organic content on the geotechnical behaviour by studying a natural organic soil and comparing the results with the same soil after removing the organic content. The organic content from the soil was removed by hydrogen peroxide method. Significant changes in the values were noticed with and without the organic content. From the results it was observed that the presence of organic content decreases the strength and increases compressibility of the soil.


Organic soils Geotechnical behavior Shear strength Compressibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rinku Varghese
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Chandrakaran
    • 1
  • K. Rangaswamy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringNational Institute of Technology CalicutKeralaIndia

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