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That is NOT what I was describing.  It isn't an active steel corrosion
protection system for steel piles but rather a Electro-Chemical Soil
Treatment System developed to provide for strengthening of cohesive and
non-cohesive soils including foundations sub base, hillside slope and slide
stabilization, temporary pavement, etc.

It is not an active system - in other words once the soil is treated once,
no further treatment is required.

It works especially well with expansive clays where the addition of binding
element to the water solution to boreholes is minimal.

I hope I clarified my original post.

Sasha Itsekson, SE
Enginious Structures
Oakland, CA

PS  My father worked developing and implementing this technology in Russia
in 1980's
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
From: Samir Ghosn <sghosn(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Re: Treatment for potentially expansive soils (was RE: Have

What you are describing is a system of steel piles driven into soil that is
likely to have wet and dry cycles and therfore, to protect the steel piles
against corrosion, you use a cathodic reaction to eliminate the rusting
that otherwise would take place.  There is some problems with this system
just like many others,  first and foremost, this system does not yield any
lateral stability when used to support foundations for the purposes of
settlement or differential settlement.  Furhter, the depth of system is
critical in that if it does not penetrate into rock, it will have a
tendency to move downward and outward,laterally, depending on the soil
condition especially if it is used in fill condition as I have experienced.
 Note, this pile system is somewhat comparable to Chance anchors in terms
of utilization to support foundation that are subject to differential
settlement.  If there are no issues with hillside condition and lateral
expansion of fill soils, the system might work well if maintained.
Remember, you are counting on electrical wires to propmote the cathodic
reacation provided you have a controlled environment not subject to damage
by others or other factors.
Hope I answered your question.
Samir Y. Ghosn, PE
Harris & Associates
At 10:53 AM 11/19/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>Have you heard of the electro stabilization of soils?  Apparently the rows
>of small diameter holes are drilled into the ground and are filled with a
>special solution, then cathodes and anodes are inserted in them and the
>pulsating and sign alternating current is released. Basically, charged soil
>particles (ions) travel between cathodes and anodes and various chemical
>electro-chemical processes occur (if memory doesn't fail me - electrolysis,
>eletrosomosis and electrophoresis (sp?)).  As a result, the soil around and
>between cathodes and anodes becomes practically watertight and rock hard
>with compressive strengths of up to 5 - 7 MPA
>I remember that in rural areas of Russia they used this method for parking
>lots where they stored heavy agricultural equipment (no concrete or asphalt
>paving).  The area stayed rock hard and dry through months of heavy rains.
>Sasha Itsekson, SE
>From: "Eric Green" <EGreen(--nospam--at)>
>To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
>Subject: RE: Have you heard of watering your foundation?
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>I have heard it as gospel that lime does not work for structural
>foundations, despite the fact that the highway guys seem to think it
>works quit well. I think the real issue might be cost rather than
>performance. The depth to constant moisture content in Houston is
>typically 8-14 feet, but of you could stabilize the upper 5-6 feet you
>would get rid of most the movement. The clay itself goes down 4000 -
>6000 feet (in Houston), so piles to bedrock are a relatively expensive
>Eric Green=20

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