Lime-Stabilized Backfill in MSE Retaining Structures

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By Giulia Lugli and Sachin Mandavkar – Soil can be stabilized by using a wide range of materials, such as cement, lime, and fly ash. When lime and water are mixed with a clay soil, modification of the soil properties and stabilization reactions begin. In highly alkaline environments (pH >12 for a short period of time), this can cause corrosion of steel elements in an engineered reinforcement sy... »

Project Story: Reinforcing Mine Crusher Walls

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By Maccaferri – Serajuddin Mines wanted to build a central ore handling plant at its facility in Joda, Orissa, in India. Joda is a city in the Kendujhar district of the state. It is an area that has rich iron ore deposits and the economy centres on the large-scale production of steel. SERAJUDDIN MINES To facilitate the construction of the plant infrastructure, access works were required to a... »

INTERVIEW: Polymeric Strap Reinforcement for MSE Walls

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting honored the paper “Instrumented MSE Wall Reinforced with Polyester Straps” (Paper #15-0895) with its Best Paper 2015 award from TRB’s Soil Mechanics Section. The work, which was sponsored by TRB committee AFS10 Transportation Earthworks, was co-authored by Yushan Luo, Dov Leshchinsky, Pietro Rimoldi, Giulia Lugli, and Chao Xu... »