Rice husk ash (RHA) is a by-product of rice milling. Its use as a soil stabilizer is an alternative to the final disposition with environmental benefit. Because RHA is not self-cementitious, a hydraulic binder such a lime must be added to form cements to improve the soil strength. Researches on stabilization by applying RHA and lime combinations were conducted in sandy soils. RHA of no-controlled rice husk incineration in conventional ovens and of laboratory burning at controlled temperatures were used. The alkaline reactivity of the RHA was studied through X-ray diffractometry analysis and loss on ignition tests. The formation of cementitious compounds was observed in mixtures of soil with different RHA and lime contents. Unconfined compression strength tests were conducted on soils treated with RHA and lime. Results show strength improvements for all RHA and lime contents and time periods studied, and all materials produced can be defined as modified rather than stabilized. Improvement of sandy soils with RHA is an alternative to the final disposition with environmental, social and economic benefits.
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