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Modelling tensile/compressive strength ratio of fibre reinforced cemented soils

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-165
Number of pages11
JournalGeotextiles and Geomembranes
Issue number2
Early online date28 Nov 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 9 Nov 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 28 Nov 2017
DatePublished (current) - 1 Apr 2018


The present work proposes a theoretical model for predicting the splitting tensile strength (qt) - unconfined compressive strength (qu) ratio of artificially cemented fibre reinforced soils. The proposed developments are based on the concept of superposition of failure strength contributions of the soil, cement and fibres phases. The soil matrix obeys the critical state soil mechanics concept, while the strength of the cemented phase can be described using the Drucker-Prager failure criterion and fibres contribution to strength is related to the composite deformation. The proposed developments are challenged to simulate the experimental results for fibre reinforced cemented Botucatu residual soil, for 7 days of cure. While the proposed analytical relation fits well the experimental data for this material, it also provides a theoretical explanation for some features of the experimentally derived strength relationships for artificially fibre reinforced cemented clean sands. A parametric study to analyse the effect of adding different fibre contents and fibre properties is provided. The proposed modelling developments also confirm the existence of a rather constant qt/qu ratio with moulding density, cement and fibre contents.

    Research areas

  • Compressive strength, Fibres, Geosynthetics, Modelling, Porosity/cement index, Portland cement, Residual soil, Tensile strength

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