Behavior of polymer columns in soft clayey soil: A preliminary study

  • Received : 2014.09.12
  • Accepted : 2015.11.03
  • Published : 2016.01.25


Deep soil mixing with cement and cement-lime mixtures has been widely used for decades to improve the strength of soils. In this study, small-scale laboratory model tests of polymer columns in soft clayey soil were conducted to evaluate the feasibility of using various polymeric compounds as binders in deep soil mixing. Floating and end bearing polymer columns were used to examine the load-settlement relationship of improved soft clayey soils for various area replacement ratios. The results indicate that polymer columns show good promise for use in deep mixing applications.


clayey soil;deep soil mixing;polyester;polymer column;floating column;end bearing column


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