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Framework for design of geosynthetic reinforced segmental retaining walls
by Kang, Beongjoon, Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2013, 233; 3613014
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is concerned with a design-oriented formulation of reinforced Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) structures. The formulation follows the concept of the safety map used in slope stability analysis. It calculates the minimum tensile force requirement along each reinforcement layer by utilizing limit equilibrium method with log spiral surface. In the formulation, the force in the reinforcement at each location produces a limit equilibrium state. It considers the pullout capacity of each reinforcement layer. Consequently, the required distribution of tensile force along each layer is produced rendering a baseline solution for design. The calculated tensile force distribution considers the required force and pullout resistance of all other layers. Hence, it produces an optimized system where failure is equally likely to occur at any point within the reinforced soil mass. The developed framework enables one to decide the required strength of the connection between the reinforcement and the facing. Extensive parametric studies were carried out to evaluate the effect of the each component comprising the system. The parametric studies consider the wall geometry, the quality of backfill, the length and spacing of reinforcement, the effects of intermediate layers, the pullout resistance, the coverage ratio, the toe resistance, and the impact of seismic loading. Verification of the analytical framework was conducted through comparison with some records of full-scale and centrifuge experiments. Design implications are presented through some examples.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Leshchinsky, Dov
Commitee: Attoh-Okine, Nii O., Han, Jie, Kaliakin, Victor N.
School: University of Delaware
Department: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
School Location: United States -- Delaware
Source: DAI-B 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Geotechnology, Civil engineering
Keywords: Design, Geosynthetic, Limit equilibrium method, Retaining wall, SRW, Safety map
Publication Number: 3613014
ISBN: 978-1-303-75105-9
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