Leachate Effects on Some Index Properties of Clays

  • Ibrahim Adewuyi OyediranEmail author
  • David Ayodele Olalusi
Conference paper


Bulk disturbed samples of two clay soils were obtained from different parent rocks, mudstone and migmatite gneiss. The clays were permeated and cured with natural leachate from an old active dump site and investigated with a view to understanding the effect of leachate interaction on some engineering index properties including grain size distribution, consistency limits and specific gravity, typically used in their identification and hence classification. Results show that addition of leachate to the soils resulted in varying responses in terms of amounts of fines and clay size fraction with respect to soil type. In addition the consistency limits of the soils including liquid limit, plastic limit, plasticity index and linear shrinkage also varied with soil type. However, while variation in responses was observed for the two different soils in terms of particle size and plasticity, leachate addition lowered the specific gravity of both soils, signifying similar response by the soils to leachate contact. The responses observed are thought to be attributable to organic matter presence and varied soil structure and composition traceable to parent material influence.


Index properties Clay soils Natural leachate Parent material 


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  • Ibrahim Adewuyi Oyediran
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Ayodele Olalusi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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