Numerical Simulation Analysis of Geogrid-Reinforced Embankment on Soft Clay

  • Yuanyuan Zhou
  • Zhenming Shi
  • Qingzhao Zhang
  • Songbo YuEmail author
Conference paper


Based on a previous centrifugal test, the finite-difference program FLAC3D was employed to simulate the centrifugal test and the prototype embankment corresponding to this centrifugal test. The variations of embankment settlements, reinforcement tensile forces and horizontal displacements were analysed. The results show that the computed displacements and reinforcement tensile forces are in good agreement with the measured ones, indicating the appropriate numerical model. Reinforcement can reduce the horizontal displacement of foundation. The settlement and the difference of the prototype embankment, away from the center, are less than those of centrifugal model. It is shown that the numerical model for the prototype can fully consider the reinforcement effect, which will help to diffuse the embankment load and homogenize the shallow stress of foundation.


Soft clay foundation Geogrid Centrifugal test Prototype embankment Numerical simulation 



This work is supported by National Key R&D Program of China (NO. 2017YFC0806003), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO. 41602287), Key Project of Natural Science Foundation of China (NO. 41731283) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO. 41372272).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuanyuan Zhou
    • 1
  • Zhenming Shi
    • 1
  • Qingzhao Zhang
    • 1
  • Songbo Yu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Geotechnical EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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