Design of high embankments for high speed track near Pithampur situated at Malwa Platue

In the future, many parts of India shall have tracks, such as those used by the formula champion's race, which was successfully organized there. Presently National Automotive Test Track (NATRAX) is in progress near Pithampur situated at Malwa Platue. The track covers an area of 4123 acres consisting of plain and elevated ground, which leads to the cutting and filling sections at various sections of test track. NATRAX will be the world class automotive proving ground with digital testing infrastructure capable of sensing fine nuance of an automobile. The proving ground will have all varieties of structure types of test vehicles against varying terrains and stringencies. The heart of the proving ground will be oval high speed track, which is 13.28 km in length where vehicles with natural speed of up to 350 kmph would be tested. A large part of test loads relating to speed, noise, vibration, handling, stability, etc. is expected to shift to India from abroad once this infrastructure is complete. Once ready, it will be the world's largest proving ground. NATRAX will be the centre of excellence for vehicle dynamics and is creating world-class facilities. The natural ground topography is such that there shall be huge cutting and filling. The formation level is so decided that the cutting and filling is almost equal to meet out the economy in construction work. It will require that the artificial slope developed should maintain equilibrium, even in the worst conditions. Construction of earth embankments for engineering purposes is as old as civilization itself. Until the advent of soil mechanics, the design and construction of embankments was more an art than a science. Experience, intuition and engineering judgment no doubt continue to play an important part in the design of embankments, but developments in soil mechanics have provided a framework through which one can approach the subject in a rational manner. In recent years, demands on the performance of earth structures have become more exacting. Embankments are required to be constructed on poor foundation materials with a wide variety of soils, and to considerable heights.

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  • Authors:
    • Goliya, H S
    • Mahiyar, Hement
    • Tare, Vandana
  • Publication Date: 2014-5


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 29-37
  • Serial:
    • Indian Highways
    • Volume: 42
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Indian Roads Congress
    • ISSN: 0376-7256

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  • Accession Number: 01528483
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2014 12:04PM