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Design of Geocell Reinforcement for Supporting Embankments on Soft Ground

Latha, Madhavi G (2008) Design of Geocell Reinforcement for Supporting Embankments on Soft Ground. In: 12th IACMAG, Goa.

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Abstract

The methods of design available for geocell-supported embankments are very few. Two of the earlier methods are considered in this paper and a third method is proposed and compared with them. The first method is the slip line method proposed by earlier researchers. The second method is based on slope stability analysis proposed by this author earlier and the new method proposed is based on the finite element analyses. In the first method, plastic bearing failure of the soil was assumed and the additional resistance due to geocell layer is calculated using a non-symmetric slip line field in the soft foundation soil. In the second method, generalpurpose slope stability program was used to design the geocell mattress of required strength for embankment using a composite model to represent the shear strength of geocell layer. In the third method proposed in this paper, geocell reinforcement is designed based on the plane strain finite element analysis of embankments. The geocell layer is modelled as an equivalent composite layer with modified strength and stiffness values. The strength and dimensions of geocell layer is estimated for the required bearing capacity or permissible deformations. These three design methods are compared through a design example.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: geocell,;reinforcement;embankment;soft ground
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 11:24
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2011 11:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/40801

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