Analyzing the Use of Molasses as an Alternate and Optimal Culture Medium in MICP Process of Sandy Soils

Document Type : Research Article

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1 Civil Engineering Dept. Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

2 Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

3 Department Of Civil Engineering, Faculty Of Engineering, Ferdowsi University Of Mashhad

Abstract

The use of different soil improvement methods has always been accompanied by an assessment of the effect on strength parameters, costs, and environmental impacts. Since the new and eco-friendly methods are associated with a high initial cost, optimizing these methods to commercialize them is the priority of research projects. The use of biological methods for soil improvement, despite its high environmental compatibility, has not been welcomed from the economic point of view in most parts of the world and is still being considered as an academic and not an executive method. Soil improvement, using calcium carbonate sedimentation is one of the most environmentally friendly biological methods. One of the most influential bacterial suspension parameters for calcium carbonate treatment is its culture medium, usually Nutrient Broth or Yeast extract. One of the ways to reduce the cost of biodiversity in the soil is an alternative culture medium. In this research, the use of sugar beet molasses, which is a waste of sugar and sugar factories, has been investigated as a suitable culture medium for biological improvement along with other culture media. It can reduce the cost of producing a suitable culture medium by up to 500 times. The success of soil regeneration after bacterial cultivation has been also evaluated in the present research.

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