The Performance of Gelatin and Gelatin-Formaldehyde Mixtures when Added to Soil

  1. Beare, H.T.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
The results of preliminary laboratory tests on samples of soils treated with aqueous solutions of gelatin (gel) and gelatin-formaldehyde (gel-form) mixtures are reported. These indicated that, under certain circumstances, soil could be treated with these materials with beneficial results at a cost of from 16 cents to 27 cents per square yard and that, though brittle, if subsoil conditions were firm and if proper curing conditions prevailed, good load bearing and air blast resistance surfaces could be produced. It was demonstrated that a gelatin-treated soil surface resisted the effects of flowing cold water less than one treated with a gelatin-formaldehyde mixtures. It also appeared to be much more susceptible to attack by bacteria and both treatments appeared to produce extremely brittle surfaces under impact loads. It was concluded that, although from a logistic point of view gel-form may be an ideal material to use to lay dust in an advanced area, full scale field testing would
Report Number
DRES-M-12-70 — Memorandum
Date of publication
15 Jan 1971
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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