Centrifuge modelling of saturated fibre-reinforced sand

K. Wang, A. J. Brennan

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    Fibre-reinforcement has been proposed as a potential solution to increase the liquefaction strength of soils and has shown promise in laboratory element tests. However, the behaviour of fibres and the dynamic properties of the composite of fibres and sand in a non-element boundary value problem still require verification. Two dynamic centrifuge tests have been performed in this study. One test was subject a soil layer of entirely fibre-reinforced sand to an earthquake motion, and the other containing comparable clean sand to act as reference. This work shows that fibre-reinforced sand can be modelled on a centrifuge provided sufficient care is taken in preparation. Fibres are beneficial in enhancing stiffness of sand matrix, but for the free field tests conducted then no obvious improvement in the response of excess pore pressures and ground settlement were observed. It is therefore proposed that the fibre-reinforced sand requires a driving shear stress to mobilize the full effectiveness of the fibre-reinforcement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICPMG2014 – Physical Modelling in Geotechnics
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2014
    EditorsChristophe Gaudin, David White
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherCRC Press
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315776873
    ISBN (Print)9781138001527
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2014
    Event8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2014 - University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
    Duration: 14 Jan 201417 Jan 2014


    Conference8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2014
    Abbreviated titleICPMG 2014
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