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Geosynthetic-reinforced and column-supported (GRCS) embankments have proven to be an effective construction technique for fills on soft foundations. The paper introduces a modified unit cell approach to
model GRCS embankments supported by deep mixed columnwalls. The modified unit cells include linear elastic springs at one or both vertical boundaries to simulate lateral displacements of the embankment
fill and foundation soil. The finite difference program FLAC is used to compare numerical outcomes using the modified unit cells with those using the typical unit cell arrangement with lateral rigid side boundaries. Numerical results demonstrate good agreement between simulations using small-strain and large-strain modes in some cases and large differences in other cases. Lateral displacements of the
embankment fill and foundation soil using the modified unit cells are shown to have large influence on reinforcement loads. Finally the paper demonstrates that calculated reinforcement loads are sensitive to choice of small-strain or large-strain mode when using program FLAC.
CitationYu, Y., Bathurst, R.J., Damians, I.P. Modified unit cell approach for modelling geosynthetic-reinforced column-supported embankments. "Geotextiles and geomembranes", Juny 2016, vol. 44, núm. 3, p. 332-343.
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