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DTU Working Paper: WP53 - Dynamic Compaction of Soil for Low-cost Building Blocks

D.E.Montgomery & T.H.Thomas, (2000)

This paper reports the results of experiments carried out on the process of dynamic compaction of stabilised soil. The interest in this area has been fuelled by previous research which has shown that the dynamic technique of compaction offers significant advantages over quasi-static compaction of stabilised soil blocks. The impulsive blow to compact a soil sample does not exert massive forces for sustained periods of time during the compaction process. Subsequently dynamic compaction has shown to be possible with thin mould walls and using low-tech mechanisms yet achieves similar levels of densification (and subsequent strength), as hydraulically-assisted high-pressure quasi-static compression.

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