Evaluation of Hydrogel–stabilized Expansive Soils in Mississippi for Sustainable Maritime Infrastructure Design

The expansive soil causes a variety maritime transportation infrastructure problem, such as cracks, damage of pipeline, and the differential settlement of foundation. In Mississippi, Yahoo clay, one type of expansive soil, causes significant concern during the maritime design and maintain. To address the need of MarTREC for the sustainable and resilient transportation infrastructure preservation and building upon its experience and expertise in the area, this project is being proposed the feasibility of using innovative hydrogel treatment as alternative expansive soil stabilization. Hydrogel is a network of polymer chains that are hydrophilic, which has physical entanglement and chemical bonding to integrate solid and liquid properties. Meanwhile, the superior toughness and mechanical strength of hydrogel can provide additional bonding force between soil particles and may reduce the swelling behavior of expansive soil. The hydrogel treatment may provide great and previously unexplored opportunities as cost-effective and sustainable preserving alternative approach for expansive soil stabilization in maritime infrastructure.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $75000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center

      University of Arkansas
      Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

      4190 Bell Engineering
      Civil Engineering
      Fayetteville, Arkansas  United States  72701
    • Performing Organizations:

      Jackson State University, Jackson

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      Jackson, MS  United States  39217-0168
    • Principal Investigators:

      Li, Yadong

    • Start Date: 20190801
    • Expected Completion Date: 20211231
    • Actual Completion Date: 20211231
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01715271
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747130
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Aug 29 2019 9:27PM