Effect of Cement on Suction and Pore Size Distribution Before and After Swelling of a Natural Clay from Algeria

  • Souad Amel Bourokba MrabentEmail author
  • Ramzy Djelloul
  • Abdelkader Hachichi
  • Jean Marie Fleureau
Conference paper
Part of the Sustainable Civil Infrastructures book series (SUCI)


This paper presents an experimental work on natural clay from the town of Mers El Kebir located in the suburbs of the city of Oran (West of Algeria). The aim of the study is primarily to determine suction using the filter paper method. Secondly the pore distribution was determined using the mercury intrusion porosimetry before and after swelling. The treated and untreated samples were compacted at Standard Optimum Proctor (SOP). The results of the cumulative intrusion curves show that the pore volume of the treated samples is a little higher than that of untreated ones before swelling and a little lower after swelling. This study, which was performed in LMST (Laboratoire Matériaux Sol et Thermique) laboratory (Algeria) with the collaboration of MSSMAT (Laboratoire de Mécanique des Sols, Structures et Matériaux) laboratory (France), is a contribution to the understanding of the swelling phenomena.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Souad Amel Bourokba Mrabent
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ramzy Djelloul
    • 1
  • Abdelkader Hachichi
    • 1
  • Jean Marie Fleureau
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire Matériaux Sol et Thermique (LMST)University of Sciences and Technology Mohamed Boudiaf OranBir El DjirAlgeria
  2. 2.Laboratoire MSS-Mat, CentraleSupélec & CNRS UMR 8579Châtenay-MalabryFrance

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