Analyzing the Reinforcement Loads of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Walls Subject to Seismic Loading during the Service Life

It is more rational to analyze permanent geosynthetic reinforced soil (GRS) walls against seismic loading based on their behavior during service life, but this has seldom been attempted. Calibrated finite-element procedure was used to investigate the reinforcement loads of GRS walls subject to seismic loading during service life, the results of which were compared to those predicted by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guideline. Parametric studies were carried out to investigate the effects of various wall parameters and characteristics of earthquake excitations. It is found that due to the isotach behavior of geosynthetics, the reinforcement loads during earthquake that occurs 10 years after construction were similar to those if the earthquake occurs at the end of construction. The FHWA method predicted roughly the maximum reinforcement load but it could not consider strain softening of soil and characteristics of earthquakes. The horizontal locations of maximum reinforcement load in lower reinforcement layers were farther away from the facing units than Rankine's surface, which is believed to come from the potential compound failure.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Liu, Huabei
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


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  • Accession Number: 01141877
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2009 2:02PM