عنوان مقاله [English]
In this study, the improvement of a clay soil contaminated with MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) using magnesium oxide and hydrated lime was studied. Soil contaminated with MTBE was prepared in the laboratory, then mixed with different percentages of magnesium oxide and hydrated lime. Natural soil was also mixed with the same percentages used with the desired additives. Atterberg limits, compaction, Unconfined compressive strength, and SEM tests were performed on all samples. To determine the strength, the samples were prepared by static method and tested after 7, 14, and 28 days of curing time. The results showed that magnesium oxide and lime both increase the strength and E50 and thus improve natural and contaminated soil, which is a function of the percentage of used additives and curing time. The Comparison of improvement results showed that the final strength in natural soil is higher than in contaminated soil. In addition, the comparison of the results showed that lime has less effect on soil improvement compared to magnesium oxide. The SEM results also showed that the increase in strength is due to the cement materials produced during the carbonation process, which makes the particles paste to each other and make a rigid body.