DOI: 10.3390/ma16175951 ISSN:

Study on the Corrosion Behavior of Cemented Organic Soil in Dianchi Lake, China

Wenlian Liu, Jing Cao, Yunfei Song, Sugang Sui, Hanhua Xu, Yongfa Guo, Wenyun Ding, Siyang Huang
  • General Materials Science

To study the corrosion behavior of cement soil in peat soil, the experiment involves the preparation of peat soil by incorporating humic acid into cohesive soil with a lower organic matter content. Cement soil samples are then prepared by adding cement to the mixture. These samples are subjected to immersion in fulvic acid solution and deionized water to simulate different working environments of cement soil. The experiment considers immersion time as the variable factor. It conducts observations of apparent phenomena, ion leaching tests, and unconfined compression strength tests on the cement soil. The experiment results are as follows: (1) With increasing immersion time, the surface of the cement soil in the peat soil environment experiences the disappearance of Ca(OH)2 and calcium aluminate hydrate. Additionally, large amounts of bird dropping crystals precipitate on the surface and within the specimen. The cement soil undergoes localized disintegration due to extensive erosion caused by swelling forces. (2) In the peat soil environment, fulvic acid reacts with the hydration products of cement, resulting in partial leaching of ions such as Ca2+, Mg2+, Al3+, and Fe3+ into the immersion solution. The lower the pH of the fulvic acid immersion (indicating higher concentration), the more significant the ion leaching. Increasing the ratio of humic acid to cement can slow down the leaching of ions. The cement soil undergoes dissolutive erosion in the peat soil environment. (3) The peat soil environment exerts both strengthening and corrosive effects on the cement soil. Cement soil without humic acid exhibits noticeable corrosion in the peat soil environment, gradually decreasing strength as immersion time increases. The strength decreases by 83% from 28 to 365 days. In contrast, cement soil with humic acid experiences an initial period of strengthening, leading to a significant increase in strength in the short term (34% increase from 28 to 90 days). However, the corrosive effects gradually dominate, resulting in a decrease in strength over time. The strength decreases by 80% from 90 to 365 days. This study also explores the strengthening effects of peat soil on cement soil. It identifies phenomena such as extensive erosion and new substance precipitation in cement soil.

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