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Soil reinforcement

Slope reinforcement

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Soil reinforcement
The nature (composition) of the soil itself, whether it is sand, mud, clay, chalks, stones, or even crushed stones, determines its behaviour (deformation) when a load is applied on it. In general, soils have a poor load bearing capacity. Constructions such as a building, a bridge or even a car or a volume of earth represent a consequent load applied on a determined surface on the soil. When this load exceeds the bearing capacity of the soil, the soil tends to crack, to subside. The principle of reinforced soil is to improve the tensile strength characteristics of the soil-reinforcement matrix. Materials which are likely to be combined with the reinforcement, have limited tensile strength properties. The interaction between geotextile and surrounding materials is fundamental for the reinforcing effect. The reinforcement is effective only when tensile stresses in the reinforcement can be transferred to the surrounding material. The reinforcement might be a potential slip surface, independent of its strength, if the frictional characteristics are not sufficient. The properties of the matrix of the soil and the reinforcement are the main item, not the properties of the soil or the reinforcement independently. Our geosynthetics such as TeleVev or TeleGrid are designed and installed to transfer this load/force to the soil and consequently prevent its deformation. Solutions designed to reinforce a soil can be specified in cases of land reclamation, reinforcement of retaining walls and embankments, piling for foundations and slope reinforcement.

Slope reinforcement
Reinforcement in slopes or steep banks may be used for different purposes. The reinforcement is used to build with a steeper slope than what is possible when using natural fill materials. Since natural fill masses may commonly be constructed with a natural inclination, reinforced slopes commonly have a steeper inclination. Basically the design concept of a reinforced steep slope is similar to that used for reinforced retaining walls. The purpose of the reinforcement is to take care of the lateral earth pressure in the soil and to tie back the potential failure wedge in front of the potential ultimate failure plane. TeleVev and TeleGrid can be used in such applications.

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