Fundamental concepts of soil reinforcement - an overview

Shukla, Sanjay K., Sivakugan, Nagaratnam, Das, Braja M., and Singh, Ashish K. (2009) Fundamental concepts of soil reinforcement - an overview. International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 3 (3). pp. 329-342.

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In most of the practical applications, reinforced soils are obtained by incorporating continuous reinforcement inclusions (for example, strip, bar, sheet, mat or net) within a soil mass in a definite pattern. The reinforcing mechanisms for such reinforced soils have been explained in different forms in the literature since the first modern form of soil reinforcement developed by Henry Vidal in 1966. In the past three decades, randomly distributed fiber-reinforced soil mechanisms have also been studied extensively suggesting a new emerging market for them in geotechnical engineering applications. It is timely to critically review the basic concepts of soil reinforcement, considering different types of reinforcement inclusions. In this review, reinforced soils are classified into two main groups: systematically reinforced soil, and randomly distributed fiber reinforced soil. It is emphasized that a single reinforcing mechanism cannot be used to explain the behavior of all reinforced soils, in fact, it is highly dependent on the type of reinforcement inclusions; however, the basic concept of soil reinforcement remains the same for all types of reinforcement.

Item ID: 10738
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1939-7879
Keywords: shear wave velocity; bender elements; coarse-grained soils; fine-grained soils; generalized relationships; extensible reinforcement; inextensible reinforcement; fibers; geogrid; geosynthetic; geotextile; metal strips; reinforced soil; unreinforced soil
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2010 22:58
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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