Improving Reinforced Soil Performance Incorporating Vertical Reinforcement

Publisher:
ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Geotechnical Special Publication No.207 - Ground Improvement and Geosynthetics - Proceedings of Sessions of GeoShanghai 2010, 2010, pp. 249 - 254
Issue Date:
2010-01
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Reinforced soils have been widely used in different variety and range of applications. Applying vertical reinforcement along with conventional horizontal reinforcement, a new concept of soil reinforcement, is proposed in this paper. The primary difference between the general practice and the insertion of vertical reinforcement is that the latter provides passive resistance against shearing, making all the layers intact that will increase the strength and stability of the reinforced soil. Different modes of failure can be tackled by this improvement in reinforced soil technology. Vertical reinforcement cages the soils in different units along with layered by horizontal reinforcement and produce intact effects in soil mass. It eahances the tensile strength and provides bending effects. Likewise, implementing vertical reinforcement reduces the induced tensile stresses in horizontal reinforcement, which results in less length. The main objective of the vertical reinforcement is to stitch horizontal reinforcing layers to each other. This paper also presents possible methods of construction process. This technology can add numerous benefits to the current industry of soil reinforcement.
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