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Design and construction of geocell foundation to support the embankment on settled red mud

Sitharam, TG and Hegde, A (2013) Design and construction of geocell foundation to support the embankment on settled red mud. In: GEOTEXTILES AND GEOMEMBRANES, 41 . pp. 55-63.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2013.08.005

Abstract

This paper presents the case history of the construction of a 3 m high embankment on the geocell foundation over the soft settled red mud. Red mud is a waste product from the Bayer process of Aluminum industry. Geotechnical problems of the site, the design of the geocell foundation based on experimental investigation and the construction sequences of the geocell foundations in the field are discussed in the paper. Based on the experimental studies, an analytical model was also developed to estimate the load carrying capacity of the soft clay bed reinforced with geocell and combination of geocell and geogrid. The results of the experimental and analytical studies revealed that the use of combination of geocell and the geogrid is always beneficial than using the geocell alone. Hence, the combination of geocell and geogrid was recommended to stabilize the embankment base. The reported embankment is located in Lanjigharh (Orissa) in India. Construction of the embankment on the geocell foundation has already been completed. The constructed embankmenthas already sustained two monsoon rains without any cracks and seepage. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Geocells; Embankment; Red mud; Bearing capacity; Strip footing; Model tests
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
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Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 11:31
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2014 11:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48276

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