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Study Findings from University of Tanta Broaden Understanding of Applied Clay Science

June 13, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Investigators publish new report on Science. According to news reporting originating in Tanta, Egypt, by NewsRx editors, the research stated, "This article illustrates the application of using polymer stabilization in creating a new nanocomposite material with clay soil. Various tests with different polymer contents were performed to study the effect of using polypropylene as a stabilizing agent on both microstructure and geotechnical clay properties."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Tanta, "These experiments showed that the resulting nanocomposites acted as nanofiller materials which decreased the plasticity and compressibility parameters of the treated clay. The initial structural analysis helped in a better understanding of the modified microstructure and the measured size of induced nanocomposites. The constructed inclusions filled the inter-assembling pores thus notably producing a higher vertical effective yield stress which again reduced the volumetric shrinkage and created isotropic and compressible materials with a lesser extent of desiccation cracks. It also increased the tensile and the shear strength of the stabilized clay with an increase of the nanocomposite size."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This technique can be effectively used for road embankments and slope stabilization."

For more information on this research see: Utilization of polymer stabilization for improvement of clay microstructures. Applied Clay Science, 2014;93-94():94-101. Applied Clay Science can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier -; Applied Clay Science -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting W.R. Azzam, Tanta Univ, Fac Engn, Struct Eng Department, Tanta, Egypt (see also Science).

Keywords for this news article include: Tanta, Egypt, Africa, Science

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