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Large Diameter Triaxial Tests on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Granular Subbases

Nair, Asha M and Latha, Madhavi G (2015) Large Diameter Triaxial Tests on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Granular Subbases. In: JOURNAL OF MATERIALS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING, 27 (4).

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The estimation of strength and stiffness of reinforced aggregates is very important for the design and construction of reinforced unpaved/paved road sections. This paper presents the experimental results from static and cyclic triaxial tests carried out on granular subbase samples reinforced with multiple layers of geogrid reinforcement. Aggregates of different size ranges were mixed in calculated proportions by weight to obtain the gradation specified for rural roads. Triaxial samples of 300 mm diameter and 600 mm height were prepared using this sampled aggregate. The strength and stiffness characteristics of this aggregate reinforced with geogrids at different elevations were determined from static and cyclic triaxial tests. Triaxial tests were also carried out on geocell encased aggregates, and the results are compared. From the experimental results it is observed that reinforced systems carried more stresses than unreinforced systems at the same strain level. The beneficial effect increased with increase in the quantity of reinforcement, whereas for geocell reinforcement, the advantage was evident only at higher strains. (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: Large-scale tests; Cyclic triaxial test; Granular subbase; Aggregate; Geocell; Geogrid
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 07:43
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2015 07:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51361

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