Analytical solution to analyze LTP on column-improved soft soil considering soil nonlinearity

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International Journal of Geomechanics, 2017, 17 (3)
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© 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers. In this paper, a mechanical model to idealize the load-settlement response of the load transfer platform (LTP) on column-improved soft soil is proposed. This model simultaneously considers the nonlinear and time-dependent stress-strain behavior of soft soil and the negligible tensile strength of the granular material in LTP. The reinforced Timoshenko beam is adopted to model LTP to consider the shear and flexural deformations. Soft soil is idealized by a spring-dashpot system that includes nonlinear and time-dependent behaviors. The columns and geosynthetics are modeled with linear Winkler springs in the applied range of stresses and rough elastic membrane, respectively. The response function of LTP has been derived for distributed pressure loading in the plane strain condition. The principle of superposition is used to solve the fourth-order differential equations. Parametric studies indicate that the spacing of columns, thickness of LTP, degree of consolidation of the soft soil, and tensile stiffness of the geosynthetics significantly affect the behavior of LTP. This study also evaluates the accuracy of using reinforced Timoshenko theory by comparing the results with Pasternak and Euler-Bernoulli theories.
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