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Indian Journal of Geosynthetics and Ground Improvement
Year : 2012, Volume : 1, Issue : 2
First page : ( 3) Last page : ( 8)
Print ISSN : 2277-5625. Online ISSN : 2277-5633.

A comparative study on the performance of piled embankments with and without the geosynthetic reinforcement

Bhasi Anjana1, Rajagopal K.2

1Ph.D. Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

2Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Online published on 12 December, 2012.


This paper presents a study of the performance of piled embankments with and without the inclusion of reinforcement layers through finite element analysis. A 3-D column model of a geosynthetic reinforced piled embankment was developed and analyzed using ABAQUS software. The proposed model has been calibrated against the data from a full-scale field study reported in the literature. The influences of the number of geosynthetic layers on the embankment surface settlements at the end of construction and at the end of consolidation period has been studied. The paper also discusses the influence of reinforcement on the axial loads transferred to the pile and the tension developed in the reinforcement at the end of the construction.



Embankment, pile, geosynthetic tension, arching height, finite element analysis.


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