Behavior of flexible pavement on swelling subgrade soil reinforced with geogrid
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Lecturer, Highway and Transportation Department, Engineering College, Mustansiriyah University, Iraq, Baghdad
Civil Engineering Department, University of Technology, Iraq
Submission date: 2021-04-07
Final revision date: 2021-06-07
Acceptance date: 2021-06-07
Publication date: 2021-12-30
Archives of Civil Engineering 2021;67(4):393-402
An enormous number of structures and roads are put on expansive subgrade soils and may be exposed to the swelling and shrinkage risk. To prevent the expanding weight of the subgrade layer under loaded pavement, one of the following strategies may be utilized are geogrid layer. Reinforced pavement layers have been propagated in the field of civil engineering because of their profoundly adaptable and diversified use. In this study, axisymmetric models of pavement layers have been created by 2-D Plaxis software and all of these models included geogrid layers at various positions concentrated to research the impact of geogrid on the critical pavement responses. Geogrid was placed at the bottom of asphalt layer, bottom of base layer, tope and middle of the subgrade layer. All models are loaded with incremental contact pressure between 50 and 600 kPa. Analysis processes have been made for all models and the obtained investigation results show a significant effect on pavement behavior when the a geogrid layer was used under various tire pressures. Also, there is an increase in the bearing capacity of a model that includes geogrid at the top and middle of the subgrade layer by about 35% and the resistance of the asphalt layer to deformation and cracking failure was improved.
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