Interface Shear Strength Testing of Geogrid-Reinforced Construction and Demolition Materials

    Volume 2, Issue 1

    ISSN: 2165-3984

    CODEN: ACEMOAD

    Published Online: 8 May 2013

    Page Count: 12


    Arulrajah, A.
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria

    Rahman, M. A.
    Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria

    Piratheepan, J.
    Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria

    Bo, M. W.
    Senior Principal, DST Consulting Engineers Inc., Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Imteaz, M. A.
    Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria

    (Received 12 December 2012; accepted 28 March 2013)

    Abstract

    The interface shear strength properties of geogrid-reinforced recycled construction and demolition (C&D) materials were determined in this research to assess the viability of using geogrid-reinforced C&D materials as alternative construction materials. The C&D materials investigated were recycled concrete aggregate (RCA), crushed brick (CB), and reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Biaxial and triaxial geogrids were tested as the geogrid-reinforcement materials. The interface shear strength properties of the C&D materials were ascertained by using a large direct shear test (DST) equipment. Large-scale DST was conducted for unreinforced and geogrid-reinforced C&D materials. The interface peak and residual shear strength property of unreinforced and geogrid-reinforced RCA was found to be higher than that of CB and RAP. RAP was found to have the lowest interface shear strength properties of the C&D materials. The higher strength triaxial geogrids were found to attain higher interface shear strength properties than that of the lower strength biaxial geogrids. The DST results, however, indicated that the interface shear strength properties of the geogrid-reinforced C&D materials were less than that of the respective material without reinforcement. This can be attributed to the lack of interlock between the geogrids and the recycled C&D aggregates, as well as the current conventional testing method for DST that induces a shear plane at the boundary between the lower and upper boxes where the geogrid is placed. The unreinforced and geogrid-reinforced RCA, CB, and RAP were found to meet the peak and residual shear strength requirements for typical construction materials in civil engineering applications.


    Paper ID: ACEM20120055

    DOI: 10.1520/ACEM20120055

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    Title Interface Shear Strength Testing of Geogrid-Reinforced Construction and Demolition Materials
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    Committee D34