Abstract

When structures have to be constructed on challenging ground conditions, soil reinforcement can be an adaptable technique to improve ground. This paper deals with the experimental and analytical studies carried out to understand the possibility of using naturally available bamboo to increase the bearing capacity of the soft soil. Already existing soil at site may not be always suitable for supporting structures, such as dams, embankment, bridges, and dams. An attempt was made in this project to investigate the mechanism of naturally available bamboo and artificially available geosynthetics placed over soft soil at different depths by performing the CBR test. Thus, in order to predict the settlement accurately underneath the foundation rest on the soil, analysis that are more realistic are necessary, and a comparison can be made between the settlement for reinforced and unreinforced soil conditions. In granular soil deposits, the in situ soil may be very loose and indicate a large elastic settlement and UCS test was conducted to know the shear strength of the soil taken for conducting experiments. This study proposes a cost effective ground improvement technique in soft soils, an alternative to geotextile and geogrids.

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Keywords: Bearing Capacity of Soil, Bamboo, Geotextile, Geogrid.

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