Performance Comparison of Vertical-Horizontal with Conventional Reinforced Soil Walls Using Numerical Modelling

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Proceedings of the 15th African Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2011, pp. 237 - 242
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Conventional reinforced soil walls have demonstrated acceptable performance during earthquake occurrences. Nevertheless, there is still some potential for enhancing the performance of these walls without increasing the cost significantly. This paper presents an overview on the application of vertical components to the reinforced soil in addition to the horizontal reinforcement. The performance of conventional and the modified reinforced soil walls are evaluated and compared to each other. In this study, a series of 2D models is carried out using PLAXTS, finite element software, to investigate behaviour of these walls. The performance of reinforced walls is evaluated under the seismic loads of Kobe earthquake. The results indicate that the proposed wall with vertical reinforcement has superior performance compared with the conventional method and can reduce the risk of failure during earthquakes.
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