Development a New Design Method for Geosynthetic Reinforced Walls and Slopes

The main objective of this research project will be to formulate a design approach for walls and slopes that are reinforced with geo-reinforcement using the basic analytical framework developed by Weerasekara and Wijewickreme (2010). The intern will participate in the development of this methodology under the direct guidance of Drs. Wijewickreme and Weerasekara. The design approach will be validated by modeling the performance of some of the well-documented reinforced slope/ wall. The design methodology will also be implemented as a user-friendly computer program, and the industry, including the partner organization, will be able to assess the performance of reinforced wall/slopes using the new analytical framework. The need for such alternative analytical techniques to capture the actual geosynthetic-soil interaction has become an importance factor in attempting to understand recent failures in reinforced earth walls.

Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Dharma Wijewickreme
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