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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 18)
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Numerical Analysis of Effect of Back Berm in Road Engineering

Jiequn Liu, Luwang Chen and Jili Wang
Corresponding Author:  Jiequn Liu 

Key words:  Back berm, lateral displacement, stability, vertical settlement, , ,
Vol. 5 , (18): 4540-4545
Submitted Accepted Published
October 17, 2012 December 17, 2012 May 05, 2013

Based on the nonlinear finite element method, the basic characters of road engineering reinforced with back berm are studied. It is found that there is no influence on maximal vertical settlement and distribution of vertical settlement in the scope of original embankment by back berm, only the vertical settlement of foundation under back berm enlarged by back berm. The lateral displacement of embankment could be reduced by back berm, which reduced further by width of back berm enlarged. The stability of embankment increased rapidly with the width of back berm enlarged. But when the width of back berm reach a critical value, the stability of embankment is no more increased with the width of back berm enlarged. In order to utilize land effectively, the width of back berm should not be bigger than the critical value. The critical value of width of back berm could be calculated with the corresponding parameters of road engineering. There is almost no influence on stability of embankment by gravity of back berm. It is suggested to fill the back berm by the soil with big cohesive strength and big internal friction angle.
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Jiequn Liu, Luwang Chen and Jili Wang, 2013. Numerical Analysis of Effect of Back Berm in Road Engineering.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 5(18): 4540-4545.
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