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Geomechanics and Engineering
  Volume 6, Number 2, February 2014 , pages 195-211

Field behaviour geotextile reinforced sand column
Yogendra K. Tandel, Chandresh H. Solanki and Atul K. Desai

    Stone columns (or granular column) have been used to increase the load carrying capacity and accelerating consolidation of soft soil. Recently, the geosynthetic reinforced stone column technique has been developed to improve the load carrying capacity of the stone column. In addition, reinforcement prevents the lateral squeezing of stone in to surrounding soft soil, helps in easy formation of stone column, preserve frictional properties of aggregate and drainage function of the stone column. This paper investigates the improvement of load carrying capacity of isolated ordinary and geotextile reinforced sand column through field load tests. Tests were performed with different reinforcement stiffness, diameter of sand column and reinforcement length. The results of field load test indicated an improved load carrying capacity of geotextile reinforced sand column over ordinary sand column. The increase in load carrying capacity depends upon the sand column diameter, stiffness of reinforcement and reinforcement length. Also, the partial reinforcement length about two to four time's sand column diameter from the top of the column was found to significant effect on the performance of sand column.
Key Words
    soft soil; ground improvement; ordinary sand column; geosynthetic reinforced sand column; field load test
Yogendra K. Tandel, Chandresh H. Solanki and Atul K. Desai:
Applied Mechanics Department, S.V. National Institute of Technology, Surat 395007, India.

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