ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK PERMEABILITY MODELING OF SOIL BLENDED WITH FLY ASH
Keywords:Permeability, artificial neural network, modeling, fly ash, waste utilization
The determination of the permeability properties of soil is important in designing civil
engineering projects where the flow of water through soil is a concern. ASTM D2434 Standard Test Method
for Permeability of Granular Soils (Constant Head & Falling Head) is being followed to determine the
vertical permeability, while for horizontal permeability, there are none. In this study, tests such as Atterberg
limit, relative density tests, and particle size analyses are done to determine the index properties of soil
blended with fly ash. Subsequently, microscopic characterizations tests, elemental composition tests and
permeability tests are done to determine the chemical and physical properties of the soil mixes. A new
permeability set-up was used in determining the horizontal permeability soil mixes. Data were extracted
during the experiment and a relationship between the properties of soil and the permeability was established.
An artificial neural network model was used to predict the coefficient of permeability when the percentage of
fly ash is available.