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Soil reinforcement with geosynthetic for localized subsidence problems : experimental and analytical analysis

Abstract : This study focuses on the evaluation of the load transfer mechanism and the determination of the shape of the load distribution transmitted to the geosynthetic layer when a cavity appears under granular and cohesive backfills. Trapdoor experimental technique with high-speed acquisition of digital images and continuous monitoring of load and displacements were used for this purpose. Testing different soil types, it has been demonstrated that an approximate parabolic or inverted triangular load distribution seems acceptable for granular soil layer, whereas for cohesive backfill the load distribution could be approximately represented by two concentrated forces near the edges of the cavity. In both cases, an important overload on the soil surface could change the shape of the load acting on the geosynthetic sheet. Experimental results are then approached by Terzaghi’s formulation with an appropriate shape of load distribution and a convenient value of the earth pressure coefficient. Finally, recommendations are proposed to promote a better design of such reinforcement structures.
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Mouhamad Hassoun, Pascal Villard, Marwan Al Heib, Fabrice Emeriault. Soil reinforcement with geosynthetic for localized subsidence problems : experimental and analytical analysis. International Journal of Geomechanics, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2018, 18 (10), ⟨10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0001265⟩. ⟨ineris-03319035⟩

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