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Reinforced Embankments on Piles

A Geosynthetic Application under Basal Reinforcement

reinforced embankments on piles

Reinforcement of Load Transfer Platforms

TenCate Geosynthetics provide cost effective solutions, optimising load transfer platforms to achieve  greater stability and surface settlement control:

  • Improved load transfer from the embankment through the piles into firmer soils
  • The high strength of the geosynthetics allows the piles to be spaced further apart, resulting in major cost savings
  • The size of the pile caps can be reduced: in a conventional embankment pile caps would cover 60-70% of the total area.  This is reduced to 10-20% when using geosynthetics allowing increased speed of earthworks and additional large cost benefits
  • The horizontal thrust from the embankment is resisted by the geosynthetics which avoids the need for inclined or reinforced piles

Reinforcement of Working Platform

The resistance of the working platform under traffic is an essential requirement. An inadequate bearing capacity may lead to severe problems of use and safety. Geosynthetics reinforce the structure, ensuring stability and safety. They eliminate the need for expensive granular fill material, saving on costs and limiting the environmental impact of using valuable mineral resources.

TenCate Geosynthetics for
Reinforcement Purposes

When coarse-grained fill materials are used, optimum friction is achieved with TenCate Miragrid® GX geogrids.  Conversely with fine-grained fill materials, optimum friction values are obtained with TenCate Mirafi® PET and TenCate Polyfelt® PEC high strength geotextiles.

Made from the best performing polymers TenCate Mirafi® (wovens), TenCate Miragrid® (geogrids) and TenCate Polyfelt® (composites) provide the characteristics needed to reinforce load transfer platforms and working platforms:

  • Strengths up to 1600kN/m to ensure embankment stability
  • High stiffness to control the deformation and surface settlement
  • Long term properties to guarantee performance over the lifetime of the structure
  • Adaptable rolls to suit site requirements

TenCate Solutions

Thanks to active participation in numerous research and construction projects and the technical skills of our engineers, TenCate is able to propose innovative, effective and economic solutions including:

  • Comprehensive designs for the owner
  • Design suggestions using the latest and appropriate design methods to the consultant
  • Advice and installation support to the contractor

Diagram -Embankments on Piles

Products used for reinforced
embankments on piles:

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