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Recycling of excavated soils from mini-trenches made on road or sidewalks to install public utilities

Ali Hussan
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Salim Mezazigh
Ilona Nzabika
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Philippe Dhervilly
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Digging trenches on roads, sidewalks, or banks to accommodate public demands is required for the installation of water pipelines, natural gas lines, electric cables, and optical fibers. The soils extracted from these trenches always have substantial environmental and economic consequences, as these soils are frequently regarded as waste due to their poor engineering properties. As a result, a suitable location and method for disposing these excavated soils must be found, and this procedure is exceedingly costly, time consuming, and environmentally unfriendly. It is far more efficient to reuse these excavated soils for refilling the same trenches. This study is a part of a French national project. The national project aims to dig 5 to 25 cm wide trenches to install public utilities and to refill them using the same excavated material in the form of self-compacting mortar. The goal of this research is to determine the best ecofriendly binder for the soil excavated from various sites by conducting laboratory-scale physio-chemical and mechanical testing. This study examined the unconfined compressive strength (UCS) assessed by both destructive and non-destructive (ultrasonic) testing methods. By utilizing low CO2-emitting ecofriendly binders incorporating industrial byproducts (fly ash and GGBS), this work has broadened the possibility of reusing trench cuttings to refill the same trenches.
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hal-03946822 , version 1 (19-01-2023)

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Ali Hussan, Daniel Levacher, Salim Mezazigh, Ilona Nzabika, Philippe Dhervilly. Recycling of excavated soils from mini-trenches made on road or sidewalks to install public utilities. CivilEng, 2022, 3 (2), pp.224-241. ⟨10.3390/civileng3020014⟩. ⟨hal-03946822⟩
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