MEASURING INHERENT LOAD-EXTENSION PROPERTIES OF GEOTEXTILES FOR DESIGN OF REINFORCED STRUCTURES

Existing test methods for measuring the load-extension properties, including the stiffness and the ultimate strength, of geotextiles as they are subjected to confining pressures are reviewed and critically evaluated. In addition, a new test method which surmounts the drawbacks of the existing methods is presented. The new method has three distinct characteristics: (1) it is an "element" test, thus the load-extension properties determined from the test are the inherent properties of the geotextile; (2) the test measures the confined stiffness and strength of geotextiles without inducing soil-geotextile interface adhesion, thereby simulating the predominant operational condition in typical geotextile-reinforced soil structures; and (3) the stiffness and strength obtained from the test are conservative values if soil-geotextile interface slippage does occur in a reinforced structure. The new test method offers a unified and more rational method for determining the load-extension properties of geotextiles in the design and specification of geotextile-reinforced soil structures.

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    American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

    100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700
    West Conshohocken, PA  United States  19428-2957
  • Authors:
    • Wu, JTH
  • Publication Date: 1991-6

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  • Accession Number: 00610063
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM