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Type: Conference paper
Title: Discrete element modelling of geocell-reinforced track ballast under static and cyclic loading
Author: Liu, Y.
Deng, A.
Jaksa, M.
Citation: Proceedings of the 12th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics: The Changing Face of the Earth - Geomechanics & Human Influence, 2015 / Ramsay, G. (ed./s), pp.279-286
Publisher: International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
Publisher Place: New Zealand
Issue Date: 2015
Conference Name: 12th Australia New Zealand Conference on Geomechanics (ANZ 2015) (22 Feb 2015 - 25 Feb 2015 : Wellington, NZ)
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Y. Liu, A. Deng and M.B. Jaksa
Abstract: A geocell is a geosynthetic material developed to reinforce soils and aggregates. Similar to the configuration of a honeycomb, a geocell panel is designed to encompass consecutive confined cells where soils and aggregates are placed. The cellular confinement system of the geocell is beneficial in the reinforcement of track ballast, which helps restrain lateral movement and minimise vertical subsidence of a trackbed. To gain an understanding of the reinforcement, a numerical study has been conducted. The study uses the discrete element method to simulate the interaction between the geocell and the discrete particles of ballast. Both static and cyclic loading environments are considered. Displacements and stresses at both micro- and macro-scales are assessed for control and reinforced scenarios. The outcomes of this study seek to encourage likely reduction in trackbed thickness and width, to save construction cost and improve the sustainability of the railway trackbed.
Keywords: DEM; PFC; railway; ballast; geocell
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030039676
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