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USE OF TECHFAB METAL GABION FOR RETAINING STRUCTURES WITH HIGHER HEIGHTS OF UPTO 13.5MTRS


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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Project :

Construction of Gabion Retaining Wall at Beawar Pali, Rajasthan.

Client :

National Highway Authority of India

Contractor:

M/s L & T ECC

Design Concept:

TechFab (India) Industries Ltd.

Wall Length:

Various

Wall Height:

1 to 13.5 meter (single to double tiered wall)

Product :

Zinc + PVC Coated Gabion TechGeo Nonwoven Geotextile PR 20

Manufacturer:

TechFab (India) Industries Ltd.

TechFab Metal Gabion – Initial Stage
TechFab Metal Gabion Wall
Construction Stage - I
Construction Stage - II
The Project:

L&T ECC was executing the project of four laning, starts from Pali village of Rajasthan. Regions are hilly with rocky terrain. Road alignment was passing through higher elevation. There is a need for retaining structures of varying height to support the elevated road. Road was also passing through the tunnel, where heavy blasting was carried out. Due to blasting, boulders are available and can be used for retaining structures.

The Solution

The design of the walls was carried out using BS-8006 / FHWA-NHI-00-043 guidelines and comprised checks for external, internal and global stability under static and seismic conditions. But due to poor soil conditions it was suggested to use Composite product which performs multiple functions like Separation, Filtration, Drainage & Reinforcement. By having Separation layer an amount of frictional soil can be reduced drastically, by having Drainage function, pore water pressure can be dissipated immediately and by having Reinforcement Function any uneven settlement or deformations on road top can be avoided.

Gabion Retaining walls are flexible structures which are very suitable in case of retaining structures for protection. It is also very effective for the protection near the water body, as the porosity of boulders will dissipate the wave energy effectively. Gabions are flexible in nature and can accommodate differential settlement very well. In future, with due design consideration height of wall may be increased, if required. Gabion Walls of varying height (0.5m to 13.5m), were designed and executed. There is a requirement of filter behind the Gabion wall, to avoid erosion of backfill material. TechGeo Nonwoven Geotextile PR 20 was placed at the rear end of gabion wall which acts as filter.

Gabion construction is fast and can be done using unskilled labours. Boulders are available in the vicinity, reduced the overall project cost and make the project very cost effective. Excavation for minimum 1 meter depth was carried out in the virgin soil. Any unsuitable soil removed and replaced with good quality soil. Nonwoven Geotextile are used beneath and behind the Gabion wall for filtration purpose. Compacted filling was proposed and being carried out at site. Final batter as per the design was achieved after the completion of the work.

TechFab Metal Gabion and TechGeo Nonwoven Geotextile satisfied all the technical parameters for their effective usage. The execution was successfully completed in time. The department was satisfied with the material quality and in time execution of project.

Typical Cross Sections
TechFab Metal Gabion
TechFab Metal Gabion
Two Tier Wall – Longitudinal View
TechFab Metal Gabion – Front View
TechFab Metal Gabion
TechFab Metal Gabion
Two Tier Wall Alignments
TechFab Metal Gabion – Top View
Benefits of TechGeo Nonwoven Geotextile

Acts as a “Filter” by preventing the backfill material from being washed out through Gabion face.

Acts as a “Separator” between the backfill material and the Gabion facia and thereby prevents the mixing of the tow.

Benefits of TechFab Metal Gabion over Conventional RCC Retaining Wall

TechFab Metal Gabion was suggested for retaining and erosion control purposes in lieu of the conventional R.C.C Retaining Wall for achieving the following advantages:

Flexible structure which can accommodate differential settlement.

Free draining structure with no pore pressure development behind wall.

Easy in construction, as it does not require skilled labourers.

Does not require curing time as in case of R.C.C Retaining wall.

Eco-friendly, as the vegetation growth over it, is compatible with surrounding environment.

Used under full or partial submergence.

Cost incurred is very less compared to R.C.C Retaining Wall and depends only on the local availability of boulders.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS

TechFab India Industries Ltd.
711/712, Embassy Centre,
Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021

022-2287 6224/6225

022- 2287 6218

anant@techfabindia.com

www.techfabindia.com

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