Short-term thermo-mechanical numerical modelling of reinforced soil walls with polyester strap reinforcements
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Polyester (PET) materials have become more common as reinforcement solution in reinforced soil walls (RSW). It has been shown that strength and stiffness of geosynthetics products, including PET, is load-, time-, and temperature-dependent. Consequently, the mechanical response of these materials is influenced by in-soil conditions. The present study describes viscoelastic and visco-plastic constitutive formulations used to model PET strap reinforcement layers in thermo-mechanical finite element models. The models are demonstrated using an idealized 15-meter high RSW with concrete facing panels, including loading due to a road at the top of the structure. Reinforcement model parameters were calibrated using laboratory measured data. Analyses include temperature boundary conditions representing a Mediterranean climate for a 1-year period following end of construction. Calculated stress and strain values were in accordance with values found in the literature. The results of this study are a precursor for the long-term modelling of RSWs under operational conditions subjected to changing atmospheric boundary conditions.
CitationMoncada, A. [et al.]. Short-term thermo-mechanical numerical modelling of reinforced soil walls with polyester strap reinforcements. A: International Conference on Geosynthetics. "Geosynthetics: Leading the Way to a Resilient Planet. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12ICG), September 17-21, 2023, Roma, Italy". Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2023, p. 966-971. ISBN 9781003386889. DOI 10.1201/9781003386889-117.