This paper presents results of an investigation of the effect of polystyrene on the engineering properties of three soils. Use of a polystyrene-benzene solution as an admixture resulted in increased strength values. Satisfactory resistance to expansion and frost action was obtained with sandy and silty soils; unsatisfactory results were obtained with a clayey soil. Polystyrene stabilization is most effective with sandy soils; effectiveness decreases with increasing clay content. At present the method does not compare favorably with the economics of other available methods of stabilization.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1964 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Roderick, Gilbert L. and Demirel, Turgut
"Soil Stabilization with Polystyrene,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 71(1), 369-376.
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