Root reinforcement: analyses and experiments

  • Tien H. Wu
Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 103)


Simple and complex analytical models of root reinforcement and the associated requirements and limitations are reviewed. Simple models include the limiting equilibrium solution and the cable and pile solutions. The complex model is the finite element method (FEM). The simple models were used to analyze published data from laboratory and in situ shear tests and pullout tests on soils reinforced with synthetic materials and root systems. The models can be used for approximations when the model requirements are met. The FEM was used to simulate experiments and provided more detailed information. These results provide insight on the failure mechanisms. This forms the basis for suggestions on models to be used in stability analysis of slopes.


Shear Strength Shear Zone Direct Shear Slip Surface Direct Shear Test 
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  • Tien H. Wu
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  1. 1.Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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