Influence of geogrid arrangement on the bearing capacity of a granular soil on physical models and its comparison to theoretical equations

Jorge Albuja-Sánchez, Lino Cóndor, Karen Oñate, Shirley Ruiz, Dharmesh Lal

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This study presents an analysis of the influence of geogrid distribution on the bearing capacity of granular soils. For this purpose, the bearing capacity is compared based on 3 arrangements, uniform, trapezoidal, and inverted trapezoidal, with 2 types of geogrids, biaxial and multiaxial, under the application of an axial load. The tests performed were analyzed in three forms in which the trapezoidal distribution was the best arrangement for biaxial and multiaxial geogrids. The first analysis considers the peaks for each stress–strain curve, the trapezoidal distribution increases the bearing capacity by 36% and 33% for biaxial and multiaxial geogrids, respectively. The second analysis considers a settlement ratio (s/B) of 10%, which had an average increment of 30.5% for the two types of geogrids. The third analysis considers a 20% of s/B ratio, which showed a 56% and 81% of bearing capacity ratio (BCR) increase for biaxial and multiaxial geogrids respectively. From an economical and environmental analysis, the trapezoidal distribution saves 7% of material compared to the traditional uniform distribution. The comparison between physical and numerical models with theoretical equations is presented.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo250
PublicaciónSN Applied Sciences
EstadoPublicada - sep. 2023

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