3D modelling of strip reinforced MSE walls
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This paper reports the results of 3D numerical modelling of a 6-m-high mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) wall constructed with concrete panels and steel or polymeric strip reinforcement. These systems pose numerical challenges as a result of the discontinuous reinforcement arrangement which is not the case for MSE walls constructed with continuous reinforcement layer configurations. Details of the numerical approach including modelling of the reinforcement strips, concrete facing panels and compressible bearing pads between panels are described. Examples of numerical predictions for facing deformations, toe loads due to soil down-drag behind the panels, soil and reinforcement settlements, and reinforcement tensile loads are presented. The influence of reinforcement stiffness is demonstrated by comparing numerical predictions for the same MSE wall with relatively inextensible steel strips and with relatively extensible polymeric strips. Of particular interest are the results showing the disruption of earth pressures along vertical and horizontal planes in the reinforced soil zone as a result of the discontinuous strip inclusions, and the vertical load that accumulates on the reinforcement strips close to the connections due to soil settlement behind the facing. The details of the modelling approach used here and the lessons learned provide a benchmark for future similar lines of investigation and for practitioners, particularly as the computational power of desktop computers continues to increase.
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CitationDamians, I.P. [et al.]. 3D modelling of strip reinforced MSE walls. "Acta geotechnica (Berlin)", Març 2021, vol. 16, núm. 3, p. 711-730.