Rehabilitation works in Queensland using foamed bituminous stabilisation

Logitharan, Lokanantham R. and Somasundaraswaran, Kathirgamalingam and Ramanujam, Jothi M. (2015) Rehabilitation works in Queensland using foamed bituminous stabilisation. International Journal of GEOMATE, 8 (16). pp. 1308-1315. ISSN 2186-2982


Adapting foamed bitumen stabilisation is considered as the most cost effective approach in Queensland to expedite the rehabilitation works, especially after the major flood devastation in 2011. This paper presents the key changes made as well as the recent practices adapted during a road rehabilitation work to increase the return from the investment. In this process, initially, the designed width for subgrade lime stabilisation has been modified to minimize the moisture entry into the pavement. The dry modulus, three days soaked resilient modulus and retain modulus were used to identify the suitable base material for construction. In addition, a trail site was used to examine the bulking effect on base layer when adding lime as secondary agent, which helped to estimate the exact depth for foamed stabilisation. A few innovative techniques such as a two-layer compaction to effectively condense stabilised subgrade, was used to improve the quality of the outcome were also highlighted.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper originally presented at the 5th International Conference on Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment (GEOMATE 2015), Osaka, Japan, 16-18 Nov 2015. Copyright 2016 by The GEOMATE International Society. In principle, no part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission in writing from the publisher. Will be published in June 2016, and waiting to get feedback from the discussion to be received by Dec. 2015
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 23:54
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2018 05:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: foamed bitumen, flexible pavement, pavement rehabilitation, stabilisation
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091299 Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880106 Road Infrastructure and Networks

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