Compression Behavior of Fibrous Peat Stabilized with Admixtures of Lime CaCO3+Rice Husk Ash and Lime CaCO3+Fly Ash

Noor Endah Mochtar, Faisal Estu Yulianto


Compression behavior of stabilized fibrous peat has similar behavior with the initial one.  Therefore, one step loading consolidation test is still applicable for the stabilized fibrous peat to predict its compression. The stabilized fibrous peat behavior, however, still depends on the type of the admixture used and stabilization age or curing period. Based on that reason, this study was carried out to study the change of compression behavior of the stabilized peat and to know whether the correction curves developed for laboratory compression parameters are still applicable to predict the settlement of the stabilized peat in the field. For this purpose, two types of stabilizing material adopted, admixtures lime CaCO3+Rice Husk Ash (admix-1) and lime CaCO3+Fly Ash (admix-2). The stabilized peats were cured and tested at different curing periods 20, 30, 45, 60 and 90 days to check their behavior changes. Besides, laboratory models of peat stabilized at different layer thicknesses 1/3H, 2/3H, and H (H=peat sample thickness) were carried out to monitor their settlement under 50kPa load at different curing periods. This settlement is then compared with the predicted settlement. The results show that the fibrous peat stabilized with admixture-2 gives better behavior improvement than the one stabilized with admix-1; it is, however, then slightly decreases after 60 days of curing periods due to the fiber decomposition. Peat stabilized with admix-2 also give first settlement prediction when it is compared to the settlement of stabilized peat in the laboratory model.


admixture; compression; fibrous peat; fly ash; laboratory model; lime CaCO3; rice husk ash; stabilization

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