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Performance of Footing on Clay Bed Reinforced with Coir Cell Networks

Kolathayar, S and Narasimhan, S and Kamaludeen, R and Sitharam, TG (2020) Performance of Footing on Clay Bed Reinforced with Coir Cell Networks. In: International Journal of Geomechanics, 20 (8).

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Geocells are three-dimensional polymeric hexagonal pockets that provide lateral confinement to the soil, thereby increasing the bearing capacity of the soil bed. This paper briefly reviews past studies on geocell reinforcement of soil and presents a new product, cells made out of natural coir fiber, as an alternative to commercially available high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geocells. A series of model plate load tests were conducted on unreinforced soil and on soil reinforced with coir geocells to understand the soil reinforcement mechanism. It was observed that with the introduction of coir geocells, the load-bearing capacity of the soil bed increased up to three times and a significant reduction in the settlement was observed in the underlying weak soil bed. The study also presents a comparative performance evaluation of the natural coir cell-reinforced soil with conventional HDPE geocell-reinforced soil. Further, this paper analytically demonstrates the influence of the lateral resistance effect and vertical load dispersion effect incorporated by coir cells in strengthening the soil bed. © 2020 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: International Journal of Geomechanics
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Keywords: Bearing capacity; Cells; Cytology; High density polyethylenes; Load testing; Reinforcement, Comparative performance; Dispersion effect; Geocell reinforcement; High density polyethylene(HDPE); Lateral confinement; Lateral resistance; Load-bearing capacity; Soil reinforcement, Soils
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2021 06:26
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 06:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/65847

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