Working mechanism of two-direction reinforced composite foundation

  • Zhang Ling  (张 玲)Email author
  • Zhao Ming-hua  (赵明华)
  • He Wei  (贺 炜)


Based on the discussion about working mechanism of horizontal reinforcement and that of vertical reinforcement, respectively, the working mechanism of two-direction reinforced composite foundation was studied. The enhancing effect of horizontal reinforcement on vertical reinforced composite foundation was analyzed. A simplified calculation method for such two-direction reinforced working system was presented. A model experiment was carried out to validate the proposed method. In the experiment, geocell reinforcement worked as the horizontal reinforcement, while gravel pile composite foundation worked as the vertical reinforcement. The results show that the calculated curve is close to the measured one. The installation of geosynthetic reinforcement can increase the bearing capacity of composite foundation by nearly 68% at normal foundation settlement, which suggests that the enhancing effect by geosynthetic reinforcement should be taken into account in current design/analysis methods.

Key words

composite foundation two-direction reinforcement working mechanism bearing capacity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhang Ling  (张 玲)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhao Ming-hua  (赵明华)
    • 1
  • He Wei  (贺 炜)
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geotechnical EngineeringHunan UniversityChangshaChina

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