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Alexiew, Dr.-Ing. D. | Blume, Dipl.-Ing. K.-H.

Long-Term Experience with Reinforced Embankements on Soft Subsoil: Mechanical Behavior and Durability


Two projects of embankments on soft ground with high-strength basement reinforcemcnt are shortly describcd. Started in 1981 and 1986, respectively they belong to the first one's using preloading plus reinforcement for autobahns and highways in Germany. Site conditions, construction stages, measurement data and evaluation are presentcd, including long-term reinforcement strain measurements. The geotextiles are still under tension. In 1995 high-tenacity polyester woven was exhumed from underneath the first embankment and analyzed for evaluation of durability. Important preliminary results are reported, showing negligible loss of strength in 14 years. In conclusion, findings and recommendations for focal points of design, long-term reinforcemcnt behavior and durability are summarized.


Two projects of embankments on soft subsoil with high strength basement reinforcement have been started in Germany in 1981 ('Rübke') and 1986 ('Grossenmeer') respectively. The Rübke-embankement is a pure test-embankement for the autobahn BAB A 26. The Grossenmeer-embankement is an integral part of the federal highway B 211. In both cases high-modukus polyester woven is used with 200 kN/m an 400 kN/m UTS, respectively, and 10 % ultimate strain. For stability calculations DIN 4084 (Bishop´s method) has been used, modified by reinforcement force. Meansurement programs are performed uo to now, including direct strain meansurements at "Grossenmeer". Woven from 'Rübke' was exhumed after 14 years under tension below groundwater to durability.