Case Studies

Reinforced Soil Wall for Monsoon Palace, Aamby Valley

Mr. Anjum G. Bilakhia,
Plot No. 219, 221 to 226, Half Acre Area, Village-Devgar, Taluka-Mulshi, North Lake at Aamby Valley City, Lonawala, District -Pune.

TechGrid Uniaxial Geogrid TGU (Knitted & Polymer Coated Polyester Geogrid with CE Mark, BBA Certification & IRC Approved)

Introduction

Inclusion of TechGrid Geogrid TGU Series transforms a compacted fill into a coherent composite material. When the soil strains in response to applied loads, tensile forces are generated in the Geogrid because of the excellent interaction between the Geogrid and soil. The tensile forces developed in the reinforcement keeps the reinforced soil mass in stable equilibrium.

Problem Description

Monsoon Palace is being built by Mr. Anjum G. Bilakhia at Half Acre Area, Village-Devgar, Taluka-Mulshi, North Lake at Aamby Valley City, Lonawala, District -Pune. The Palace is surrounded by hilly terrain and running streams. Due to high embankments and steep slopes of basically murrum soil, it was necessary to have a retaining wall for reinstatement purposes. Since these walls were outer walls surrounding the monsoon palace, the client and architect was willing to have an aesthetic and viable solution compared to the conventional solution of RCC wall. Reinforced Soil Wall provides an aesthetic as well as an economical solution for the retention of earth / slopes as compared to the conventional RCC Wall. Reinforced Soil Wall can accommodate differential settlement which RCC wall can’t withstand and gets distressed with cracks. With consideration to the techno-economics of the project, the client/architect decided to award the project to TechFab India Industries Ltd.

Solution Proposed

TechFab (India) Industries Ltd suggested the use of TechGrid Uniaxial Geogrid TGU of Ultimate
Tensile Strength varying from 40 KN/m to 250 KN/m. These Polyester Uniaxial Knitted Geogrids
are used as primary reinforcements to the existing steep slopes. Geomembrane was provided
below the top drain to prevent any ingress of precipitation or runoff water. Design of Reinforced
Soil Wall was done by considering the maximum possible vehicular load and other surcharge
loads as per the IRC. ReSSA 3.0 Software was used to carry out the Global Stability Check for the
designed Rein forced Soil Wall.By giving this solution of Reinforced Soil Wall, client has developed extra land of around 2 acres.

TechGrid Geogrid TGU Series are manufactured from superior grades of polyester filament yarn with high tenacity, high tensile modulus, low creep and low shrinkage. TGU Series are Uniaxial

Geogrids with high strength in the machine direction and are suitable for soil reinforcement applications requiring strength primarily in one direction. Products are available with machine direction strengths ranging from 40 KN/m to 250 KN/m Yarns with high molecular weight (> 25,000) and low carboxyl end groups (< 30) are used to ensure durability of the Geogrids used in permanent structures. The knitted grid is then given high quality polymeric coating using a specially formulated PVC compound. The coating completely saturates and envelopes the polyester yarn bundles forming a protective cover enhancing – dimensional stability of the Geogrid, resistance to installation damage and protection from the environment.

Execution On Site

Monsoon Palace is being built by Mr. Anjum G. Bilakhia at Half Acre Area, Village-Devgar, Taluka-Mulshi, North Lake at Aamby Valley City, Lonawala, District -Pune. The Palace is surrounded by hilly terrain and running streams. Due to high embankments and steep slopes of basically murrum soil, it was necessary to have a retaining wall for reinstatement purposes. Since these walls were outer walls surrounding the monsoon palace, the client and architect was willing to have an aesthetic and viable solution compared to the conventional solution of RCC wall. Reinforced Soil Wall provides an aesthetic as well as an economical solution for the retention of earth / slopes as compared to the conventional RCC Wall. Reinforced Soil Wall can accommodate differential settlement which RCC wall can’t withstand and gets distressed with cracks. With consideration to the techno-economics of the project, the client/architect decided to award the project to TechFab India Industries Ltd.

CONCLUSIONS

Used as reinforcing medium.

High Tensile Strength ranging from 40 KN/m to 250 KN/m
Low creep and low shrinkage
Highly durable & resistant to acids & alkalis present in soil

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