Root Reinforcement to Stabilize Slopes

  • Rick VeenhofEmail author
  • Wei Wu
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering book series (SSGG)


This study describes the effects of grass reinforced slopes. Centrifuge tests were performed on sandy slopes of 55\(^\circ \) with a void ratio (e) of 0.9 (loose conditions) and a initial water content of 11.5%. Three different types of grasses were used as a root reinforcement, namely Lolium perenne, Hordeum vulgare and Festuca arundinacea. Centrifuge tests show that for slopes that are reinforced the period until failure is extended. The Hordeum vulgare reinforced slope performed best as no failure took place, likely this was due to the root system of Hordeum vulgare that developed more extensively compared to the other grasses.



The research carried out in this paper is partly funded by the project ‘GEORAMP‘ within the RISE programme of Horizon 2020 under grant number 645665. The first author would like to acknowledge the financial support from the Otto Pregl Foundation for Fundamental Geotechnical Research in Vienna.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geotechnical EngineeringUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, ViennaViennaAustria

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