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Mechanical response of unsaturated expansive soil

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Expansive clay/tropical soils are the main problematic soils of Africa and occur extensively throughout the African continent. These soils, often called black cotton clays, are poor materials to employ for most civil engineering purposes because they contain large parentages of highly plastic clay minerals. In many areas where these soils occur, significant damage to many civil engineering works, including buildings, highways, airport runways, railroads, sewers, water lines and irrigation systems

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Geotechnical Research Seminars series.

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