CE 423 :Origin and Physical Properties of Tropical Soils

CE 423 : Origin and Physical Properties of Tropical Soils


Origin, mineralogy & behaviour of clays.  Behaviour of tropical soils.  Behaviour of swelling soils.


Formation of Clay Minerals and their structural characteristics.  Identification of the minerals using D.T.A, X-Ray analysis, Electron microscope and Chemical analysis.  Engineering properties of clay minerals.


Origin and distribution of black cotton soils, lateritic soils and tropical red soils, measurement of their engineering properties, identification and classification.  Use of these soils as foundations for pavements and structures and as construction materials, their deficiencies and methods of stabilization.  Design procedure and constructional techniques.

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