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Effect of geosynthetic reinforcement inclusion on the strength parameters and bearing ratio of a fine soil

Effect of geosynthetic reinforcement inclusion on the strength parameters and bearing ratio of a fine soil
Effect of geosynthetic reinforcement inclusion on the strength parameters and bearing ratio of a fine soil
This paper reports an investigation on the beneficial effects of reinforcing a fine soil with a geosynthetic (reinforcement geocomposite) and their behaviour under loading. The effectiveness of the reinforcement was investigated through triaxial and California Bearing Ratio, CBR, tests. The triaxial tests showed that including the reinforcement provided additional confinement to the reinforced soil samples, causing an increase in the corresponding strength parameters. However, the reinforcement decreased the secant stiffness modulus of the composite material, particularly for low strains. The CBR tests were performed on soaked samples, compacted for different initial water content values. The influence of increasing the number of reinforcement layers was also analysed. The results showed that the reinforced samples had a maximum bearing capacity larger than the unreinforced material. The reinforcing mechanisms observed in the CBR tests were membrane tension support and bearing capacity increase. Increasing the number of reinforcement layers induced an improved response of the soil-geosynthetic composite material, particularly for a water content lower than the optimum. An increase in the initial water content induced reductions of the bearing capacity of the soil, with different values, depending on position of the initial value relative to the optimum water content.
fine soil, geosynthetic, reinforcement, triaxial, cbr, water content
34-41
Carlos, D.M.
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Pinho-Lopes, M.
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Lopes, M.L.
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Carlos, D.M.
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Pinho-Lopes, M.
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Lopes, M.L.
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Carlos, D.M., Pinho-Lopes, M. and Lopes, M.L. (2016) Effect of geosynthetic reinforcement inclusion on the strength parameters and bearing ratio of a fine soil. Procedia Engineering, 143, 34-41. (doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2016.06.005).

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This paper reports an investigation on the beneficial effects of reinforcing a fine soil with a geosynthetic (reinforcement geocomposite) and their behaviour under loading. The effectiveness of the reinforcement was investigated through triaxial and California Bearing Ratio, CBR, tests. The triaxial tests showed that including the reinforcement provided additional confinement to the reinforced soil samples, causing an increase in the corresponding strength parameters. However, the reinforcement decreased the secant stiffness modulus of the composite material, particularly for low strains. The CBR tests were performed on soaked samples, compacted for different initial water content values. The influence of increasing the number of reinforcement layers was also analysed. The results showed that the reinforced samples had a maximum bearing capacity larger than the unreinforced material. The reinforcing mechanisms observed in the CBR tests were membrane tension support and bearing capacity increase. Increasing the number of reinforcement layers induced an improved response of the soil-geosynthetic composite material, particularly for a water content lower than the optimum. An increase in the initial water content induced reductions of the bearing capacity of the soil, with different values, depending on position of the initial value relative to the optimum water content.

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 April 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 July 2016
Keywords: fine soil, geosynthetic, reinforcement, triaxial, cbr, water content
Organisations: Infrastructure Group

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Local EPrints ID: 397484
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397484
PURE UUID: 08d58e1e-821d-4074-a0d8-91f14a67b535
ORCID for M. Pinho-Lopes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0808-6307

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Date deposited: 01 Jul 2016 14:01
Last modified: 15 Aug 2019 05:25

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