Expansive Soil: Causes and Treatments

Faezehossadat Khademi*, Jeff Budiman**
* Ph.D Scholar, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA.
** Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA.
Periodicity:June - August'2016
DOI : https://doi.org/10.26634/jce.6.3.8083


The expansive soil problems lead to structural and geotechnical engineering challenges all over the world. Expansive soils are the type of soils which their volume changes considerably depend on their water content. It is worth mentioning that, the expansive soil problems can occur in both humid environments and arid/semi-arid soils.

Buildings, roads, pipelines, and other structural members have always been subjected to damages resulted from expansive soils which this damage is even more than twice the damage resulted from floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Understanding the behaviour and characteristics of these types of soils can help scientists control the imposed damages to the structure. This paper is a comprehensive study on expansive soils, its nature, shrinkage-swell behaviour, as well as expansive soil causes and treatments.


Expansive Soil, Swelling, Shrinkage, Causes of Expansive Soil, Treatments of Expansive Soil.

How to Cite this Article?

Khademi,F., and Budiman,J., (2016). Expansive Soil: Causes and Treatments. i-manager’s Journal on Civil Engineering, 6(3), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.26634/jce.6.3.8083


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