Behaviour of prestressed geotextile-reinforced sand bed supporting a loaded circular footing

Lovisa, Julie, Shukla, Sanjay Kumar, and Sivakugan, Nagaratnam (2010) Behaviour of prestressed geotextile-reinforced sand bed supporting a loaded circular footing. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 28 (1). pp. 23-32.

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Abstract

In the past, the beneficial effects of prestressing the geosynthetic in reinforced soil foundations have been studied mathematically. It is timely to experimentally investigate the degree of improvement generated by prestressing the geosynthetic layer for several embedment depths of a footing resting on a reinforced sand bed. Therefore, laboratory physical model tests and finite element analyses were conducted to study the behaviour of prestressed geotextile-reinforced sand bed supporting a loaded circular footing. The addition of prestress to the geotextile reinforcement results in significant improvement to the settlement response and the load-bearing capacity of the foundation. For a surface footing, the load-carrying capacity at 5 mm settlement for the prestressed case (with prestress equal to 2% of the allowable tensile strength of the geotextile) is approximately double that of the geotextile-reinforced sand without prestress. The beneficial effects of the prestressed geotextile configuration were evident for greater footing depths, in comparison with unreinforced and reinforced (without prestress) counterparts. Experimental and numerical results were also used to validate a few empirical relationships, which are commonly used for solving soil-structure interaction problems. The results obtained from finite element analysis using the program, PLAXIS are generally found to be in reasonabaly good agreement with experimental results.

Item ID: 10843
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: circular footing; finite element analysis; geotextile; model testing; prestress; sand bed
ISSN: 1879-3584
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 00:18
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering @ 100%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8702 Construction Design > 870201 Civil Construction Design @ 100%
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