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An Alternative Method to the West African Compaction (WAC) Test Procedure

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ABSTRACT

It had been suggested to use the West African Compaction Test Procedure since the early 1950’s so as to determine the CBR of gravel lateritic soils in West African countries [1]. This test procedure called West African Compaction (WAC) [2] is largely used in road construction in West African countries and had the particularity to be long and use a large amount of material. This note is the result of several comparisons between test procedures taken to determine the CBR from the WAC method to the standardized laboratory test commonly used to determine the CBR.

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M. Fall, S. Ba, D. Sarr, M. Ba and M. Ndiaye, "An Alternative Method to the West African Compaction (WAC) Test Procedure," Geomaterials, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2011, pp. 25-27. doi: 10.4236/gm.2011.12004.

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