Stabilization of desert sands using municipal solid waste incinerator ash

Yahia E.A. Mohamedzein*, Mohammed Y. Al-Aghbari, Ramzi A. Taha

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This paper presents experimental results on the use of incinerator ash in stabilizing desert sands for possible use in geotechnical engineering applications. The incinerator ash was added in percentages of 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12%, by dry weight of sand. Laboratory tests such as compaction, unconfined compression, shear box and hydraulic conductivity were performed to measure the engineering characteristics of the stabilized material. The results showed substantial improvements in unconfined compressive strength and shear strength parameters (c and ψ). Thus, incinerator ash can be used to improve the shear strength characteristics of desert sands. The permeability of the sand-incinerator ash mixture was relatively low.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1767-1780
Number of pages14
JournalGeotechnical and Geological Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


  • Desert sand
  • Incinerator ash
  • Permeability
  • Shear strength
  • Stabilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science
  • Geology


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