Analysis of geosynthetic tubes inflated by liquid and consolidated soil
Date of Issue2014
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
When permeable geosynthetic tubes are used for dewatering of waste sludge or construction of dikes or embankments, the tubes have to be inflated using sludge or soil slurry several times. After each inflation, the soil slurry is consolidated into solid. Hence from the second inflation onwards, the geosynthetic tube is filled by both slurry and consolidated soil. In this paper, a new analytical method is proposed to provide a solution to the above specific case. Friction between geosynthetic sheet and soil, and friction between geosynthetic tube and subgrade, are considered. Parametric studies are also carried out to compare the design between geosynthetic tubes inflated using pure slurry and that using slurry and consolidated soil to study the key factors affecting the design. The study shows that tensile forces vary along the cross-section of the geosynthetic tube with the minimum value occurring at the center of the base. The effect of friction and lateral earth pressure on the geometry and tensile forces of the geosynthetic tube is insignificant when the height of the consolidated soil in the tube is small, but increases considerably with an increase in the height.
Geotextiles and geomembranes
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Geotextiles and Geomembranes. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geotexmem.2014.05.001].