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Joint Strength and Wall Deformation Characteristics of a Single-Cell Geocell Subjected to Uniaxial Compression

Hegde, A and Sitharam, TG (2015) Joint Strength and Wall Deformation Characteristics of a Single-Cell Geocell Subjected to Uniaxial Compression. In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOMECHANICS, 15 (5).

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Abstract

Geocells are three-dimensional expandable panels with a wide range of applications in geotechnical engineering. A geocell is made up of many internally connected single cells. The current study discusses the joint strength and the wall deformation characteristics of a single cell when it is subjected to uniaxial compression. The study helps to understand the causes for the failure of the single cell in a cellular confinement system. Experimental studies were conducted on single cells with cell pockets filled up with three different infill materials, namely silty clay, sand, and the aggregates. The results of the experimental study revealed that the deformation of the geocell wall decreases with the increase in the friction angle of the infill material. Experimental results were also validated using numerical simulations carried out using Lagrangian analysis software. The experiment and the numerical results were found to be in good agreement with each other. A simple analytical model based on the theory of thin cylinders is also proposed to calculate the accumulated strain of the geocell wall. This model operates under a simple elastic solution framework. The proposed model slightly overestimates the strains as compared with experimental and numerical values. (C) 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS, 1801 ALEXANDER BELL DR, RESTON, VA 20191-4400 USA
Keywords: Geocells; FLAC3D; Infill material; Hoop stress; Bearing pressure; Settlement
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 07:10
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 07:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52590

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