Ultimate Bearing Capacity of Rectangular Foundations on Geogrid-Reinforced Sand

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Courtesy of ASTM International

Model test results for the ultimate bearing capacity of rectangular surface foundations supported by geogrid-reinforced sand are presented. The tests were conducted using one type of sand at one relative density of compaction with only one type of geogrid. The length-to-width ratios of the model foundations were varied as 1, 2, 3, and 8. Based on the model test results, the maximum required depths of reinforcement and the sizes of the geogrid layers to obtain maximum-bearing-capacity ratios have been presented.

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