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dc.contributor.authorCheng, L.
dc.contributor.authorShahin, Mohamed
dc.identifier.citationCheng, L. and Shahin, M. 2016. Evaluation of bio-cementation by microbially induced calcite precipitation as ground improvement method for various environmental conditions. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. [In Press]

Microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP) is a sustainable biological ground improvement technique that is capable of altering and improving soil mechanical and geotechnical engineering properties. In this paper, laboratory column studies were used to examine the effects of some key environmental parameters on ureolytic MICP mediated soils, including the impact of urease concentrations, temperature, rainwater flushing, oil contamination, and freeze–thaw cycling. The results indicate that an effective crystal precipitation pattern can be obtained at low urease activity and ambient temperature, resulting in high improvement in soil unconfined compressive strength (UCS). The microstructural images of such crystals showed agglomerated large clusters filling the gaps between the soil grains, leading to effective crystals formation. The rainwater flushing was detrimental to the biocementation process. The results also indicate that traditional MICP treatment by the two-phase injection method did not succeed in treatment of oil-contaminated soils, and the proposed premixing of bioflocs with soil can significantly improve UCS and stiffness of oil-contaminated soils. Finally, MICP-treated soils showed a high durability to the freeze–thaw erosion, which is attributed to the interparticle contact points and bridging of crystals formation.

dc.publisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
dc.titleEvaluation of bio-cementation by microbially induced calcite precipitation as ground improvement method for various environmental conditions
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.volumeIn Press
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
curtin.departmentDepartment of Civil Engineering
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