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Publication Number:  FHWA-RD-01-118    Date:  June 2001
Publication Number: FHWA-RD-01-118
Date: June 2001


Performance Test for Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Including Effects of Preloading

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Geosynthetic reinforced soil (GRS) systems were tested under different loading conditions in order to develop a simplified model for predicting the deformation characteristics of a GRS mass. A simplified preloading-reloading (SPR) analytical model was developed to predict the deformation characteristics of GRS masses subject to monotonic loading and preloading/loading. The SPR model was shown to be able to accurately predict the results obtained from a revised laboratory performance test. The results of this study will be of interest and utility to geotechnologists working with GRS systems.

T. Paul Teng, P. E.
Director, Office of Infrastructure,
Research and Development