1st Edition

Reinforced Soil Walls and Slopes Design and Construction

By Mauricio Ehrlich, Leonardo Becker Copyright 2010
    118 Pages
    by CRC Press

    118 Pages
    by CRC Press

    When it comes to using reinforcements to grant better mechanical performance to soils, geosynthetics, one of the newest groups of building materials, have become mandatory in almost all works of infrastructure, draining applications, waterproofing, paving, erosion control and soil reinforcement.

    This volume presents the basic mechanisms associated with soil-reinforcement interaction and a rational design method for reinforced soil-retaining structures. Concepts are described with didactic and theoretical rigor, fulfilling the practical needs of engineers involved in the design, construction and inspection of reinforced soil structures.

    Soil –Reinforcement Interaction

    Concepts of reinforced soil, Characteristics of geosynthetics for reinforcement, Soil behavior and Influence factors on reinforcement tension.

    Analysis and design

    External Stability, Internal Stability, Determination of maximum reinforcement tension, Determination of the location of reinforcement maximum tension point, Pullout analysis, Reinforcement and facing connections, Design Resistance of reinforcements, Stress increments due to surcharge loadings, Lateral displacement and strain prediction and Case studies

    Constructive Aspects

    Type of reinforcement, Type of facing and construction procedure, Arrangement of reinforcements, Drainage system, Backfill material, Quality control and constructive tolerances, Guardrails

    Design Example

    Soil and wall characteristics, External stability analysis, Internal stability analysis, Comparison of methods for reinforcement tension determination and Wall final arrangement


    Ehrlich, Mauricio; Becker, Leonardo