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Evaluating the Performance of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) under Working Stress Condition
Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
2 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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This paper evaluates the performance of geosynthetic reinforced soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) in terms of lateral facing deformation and strain distribution along geosynthetics. Simulations were conducted using 2D PLAXIS program. The hardening model proposed by Schanz et al.  was used to simulate the behavior of backfill material; the backfill-reinforcement interface was simulated using Mohr-Coulomb model, and the reinforcement and facing block were simulated using linear elastic models. The numerical model was verified using the results of a case study conducted at Maree Michel GRS-IBS, Louisiana. Parametric study was carried out to investigate the effects of span length, reinforcement spacing, and reinforcement stiffness on the performance of GRS-IBS. The results indicate that span length have significant impact on strain distribution along geosynthetics and lateral facing deformation. The reinforcement stiffness has significant impact on the GRS-IBS behavior up to a certain point, beyond which the effect tends to decrease contradictory to reinforcement spacing that has a consistent relationship between the GRS-IBS behavior and reinforcement spacing. The results also indicate that reinforcement spacing has higher influence on the lateral facing deformation than the reinforcement stiffness for the same reinforcement strength/spacing ratio (Tf/Sv) due to the composite behavior of closely reinforcement spacing.
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