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Optimization of Compaction Quality Control in the Core of Random Fillings within Linear Infrastructures: Application to Metamorphic Slate Fillings

Abstract: The construction of random fillings from the excavation of medium hardness rocks, with high particle sizes, presents limitations in compaction control. This research applies new control techniques with revised test procedures in the construction of the random fillings core, which constitutes the main part of the embankment, with the bigger volume and provides the geotechnical stability to the infrastructure. The maximum thickness over each of the compacted layers researched that made up the random fillings was 800 mm. As there are many types of rocks, this research is applied to metamorphic slates. Quality control was carried out by applying new research associated with the revision of wheel impression test, topographic settlements, and plate bearing test (PBT). Thus, new test procedures are established, defining efficient thresholds. Comparisons make it possible to choose representative tests, avoiding duplication. The optimization of control reduces inspection times, ensuring quality adapted to the high construction efficiency of diggings. Traditionally, rocks were rejected due to their maximum size, underutilizing the use of high-quality materials. Promoting their utilization implies a better use of resources, and therefore, a higher environmental efficiency. A statistical analysis of the core of 16 slate random fillings was carried out, with a total of 2250 in situ determination of density and moisture content, 75 wheel impression tests, 75 topographic settlement controls, and 75 PBT. The strong associations found between different tests allowed to simplify the quality control.

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 Fuente: Sustainability 2021, 13, 19, 10957

Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 01/10/2021

Nº de páginas: 19

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/su131910957

ISSN: 2071-1050

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.3390/su131910957