This article reviews BS8006, the new British Standard for strengthened and reinforced soils, and discusses its implications. BS8006 gives guidance on good practice for the design of the whole range of reinforced geotechnical structures. It is written in a limit state format, applying partial load factors which depend on the specific application, design life, and limit state being considered. The standard's first four sections cover the fundamental principles and material characteristics of soils and reinforcement. The next four sections cover specific topics in design. Section 5 describes the design philosophy and the partial factor approach. Section 6 deals with walls and abutments. Section 7 covers steep and shallow slopes, strengthened by layered reinforcement or soil nails, and is considered in some detail by the article. Section 8 deals with embankments over poor soil. Finally, Section 9 concerns construction and maintenance. BS8006 provides practising civil engineers with a large amount of information on reinforced soil in one document. As a useful compilation of existing practice, it should give them confidence in the concepts of reinforced soil, and provide them with another option to add to their possible solutions.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • JENNER, C
  • Publication Date: 1996-2


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00729178
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM