Eco-friendly Improvement of Water Erosion Resistance of Unstable Soils with Biodegradable Polymers

A. Donayre, L. F. Sanchez, S. Kim, R. Aguilar, J. Nakamatsu

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The improvement of water erosion resistance of soils is gaining the attention of the scientific community. Erosion represents a threat to agricultural productivity because of the loss of valuable superficial soil and nutrients. Cultivation soils erosion is one of the main contributors to the desertification process, which is, itself, a global problem. Recently, polysaccharides have been tested as additives to improve earth construction materials with respect to their mechanical properties and water erosion resistance. This paper studies the use of biodegradable polymers to improve soil stabilization with respect to erosion by water. Aqueous solutions of the polysaccharides chitosan and carrageenan were used to improve wettability and runoff resistance of sandy and loose soils. Chitosan becomes positively charged when dissolved in dilute acidic solutions, while carrageenan becomes negatively charged. Their capacity to form polyelectrolytes in aqueous solutions may be a contributor in retaining cohesiveness in loose soils.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo012044
PublicaciónIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
EstadoPublicada - 26 oct. 2018
Evento7th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Structures, AMS 2018 - Timisoara, Rumanía
Duración: 28 mar. 201831 mar. 2018


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