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Author(s): Maria de Lurdes Lopes
David Miranda Carlos
M. Pinho Lopes
Title: Stress-strain response of sand reinforced with a geocomposite
Issue Date: 2018-09
Abstract: The mechanical properties of soils and, thus, of soil structures can be improved by using geosynthetic reinforcements. This beneficial effect depends on several parameters. Herein the mechanical response of the soil-geosynthetic composite material was studied using triaxial tests and the influence of the following parameters on the stress-strain response of the soil was analysed: effect of the reinforcement, number of reinforcement layers, vertical spacing between reinforcement layers; influence of the specimens' dimensions. The soil was a well graded sand with silt (8% of fine particles); the geosynthetic was a reinforcement geo-composite consisting of continuous filament non-woven, reinforced by high tenacity polyester yarns material. The stress-strain response of the reinforced soil was compared to that of the unreinforced soil tested under the same conditions, using triaxial tests. The inclusions improved the stress-strain response of the composite material, due to the additional confinement provided by the reinforcements; the compressibility of the reinforcement and the lack of large openings influence the volumetric strains. Increasing the number of reinforcement layers from 1 to 3 resulted in an improved stress-strain response of the reinforced soil, particularly for large strains. For lower strains the reinforcements had no significant influence on the load-strain curves of the specimens. The height of soil between adjacent layers of reinforcement is key to the performance of the reinforced soil specimens. The small dimension of the specimens may lead to over-estimating the benefit from the reinforcement, particularly for low confining stress.
Subject: Ciências Tecnológicas, Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Technological sciences, Engineering and technology
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias
Engineering and technology
Source: 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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