Experimental Study on Geogrid-Reinforced Subbase over Soft Subgrade Soil under Repeated Loading


The present work investigates the behavior of unpaved road overlying soft clay layer reinforced with single layer of geogrid placed at the subgrade/subbase interface. A laboratory model is reinforced with two different types of geogrid and subjected to repeated load using Wheel Tracking Apparatus. Unreinforced and reinforced subbase over soft subgrade were constructed in a large testing box (500mm*500mm*750mm). The test results show that for the same rutting value (75mm); the using of geogrid reinforcement layer produces an increase in number of passes and stress distribution angle and a decrease in displacement on the soft subgrade surface on the reinforced models as the equivalent unreinforced one.