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Handbook - Soil mix walls


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Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Soil mix walls: general observations and area of application
2.1 Construction principles and execution processes
2.2 Characteristics of the soil mix material
2.3 Field of applications of soil mix walls

Chapter 3 Functional requirements of the soil mix walls

Chapter 4 Risk management

Chapter 5 Preliminary research and preparation
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Preliminary research
5.3 Chemical substances
5.4 Relationship with the environmental precautions

Chapter 6 Design
6.1 Notations
6.2 Safety philosophy and approach to design
6.3 Material properties
6.4 Analysis of the arching effect
6.5 Specific parameters for the design calculations
6.6 Determination of the horizontal bending stiffness EI
6.7 Determination of the structural strength (M, N, D) of the soil mix wall
6.8 Horizontal support
6.9 Determination of the vertical bearing capacity
6.10 Influence of the wall installation on adjacent foundations
6.11 Constructive design aspects
6.12 Watertightness design aspects
6.13 Fire
6.14 Durability

Chapter 7 Execution
7.1 Execution standard
7.2 Execution methods
7.3 Horizontal alignment of the walls
7.4 Steel beams
7.5 Reducing the wall thickness
7.6 Anchoring/bracing
7.7 Execution near existing buildings
7.8 Execution monitoring

Chapter 8 Quality control
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Quality plan
8.3 Suitability tests
8.4 Sampling
8.5 Storage, treatment and preparation of the test specimens and determination of the volume percentage of inclusions
8.6 Determination of the soil mix characteristics
8.7 Monitoring of the wall deformations
8.8 Determination of the in situ permeability of soil mix walls: Pumping tests
8.9 Leak detection method for soil mix walls
8.10 Permanent walls

Chapter 9 Lifetime considerations, management and maintenance
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Degradation mechanisms
9.3 Damage to soil mix material
9.4 Damage from steel corrosion
9.5 Design considerations
9.6 Execution in accordance with the design
9.7 Management
9.8 Maintenance

Chapter 10 Conclusions and recommendations (aspects that require further research)

Appendix 1 - Determination of the compressive strength of the soil mix material

Appendix 2 - Horizontal bending stiffness and moment capacity of soil mix walls - background information and calculation examples
T2.1 Horizontal bending stiffness - generalities
T2.2 Influence of the bending stiffness on the calculated internal forces and deformations
T2.3 Comparison of the calculated bending stiffness EI-eff with the BBRI test data
T2.4 Resistance moment and moment capacity - general observations
T2.5 Effective width for the verification of the internal forces
T2.6 Evaluation of the large-scale bending tests performed at the BBRI

Appendix 3 - Example calculations of the arching effect in Plaxis 2D

Appendix 4 - Example calculations based on 2 case studies
T4.1 Introduction
T4.2 Case study 1: Cantilever retaining wall made of soil mix panels
T4.3 Case study 2: Anchored retaining wall made of soil mix columns


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 State-of-the-art
2.1 Soil mix walls as retaining structures
2.2 Construction principles and execution processes
2.3 Hydro-mechanical characterisation of the soil mix material
2.4 Durability of the soil mix material
2.5 Case histories of soil mix walls
2.6 Other fields of application of the deep mixing method
2.7 International QC/QA procedures

About the Author

Dr Ir Nicolas Denies is Deputy Head of laboratory in the Geotechnical Division of the Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI). His core business is the deep mixing technology, the ground improvement works and the geotechnical monitoring. He is also involved in the testing of piles, anchors, jet grouting columns and micropiles. Nicolas Denies is member of the Belgian Member Society of ISSMGE (BGGG-GBMS) and he is the Secretary of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 211 for Ground Improvement for the period 2013-2021. Prof. Ir. Noel Huybrechts is Head of the Geotechnical Division of the Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI). Since 2012, Noel Huybrechts is visiting professor at the Civil Engineering Department of the KU Leuven for the domain of soil mechanics and foundation engineering. He is chairman of the ISSMGE TC 211 for Ground Improvement for the period 2013-2021, board member and acting president (period 2016-2018) of ELGIP (European Large Geotechnical Institutes Platform), Board Member of the Belgian Member Society of ISSMGE (BGGG-GBMS), the Belgian Chapter of ITA and the Belgian Chapter of ISG.

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