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FGI Webinar: Migrating from the Simplified Method to the AASHTO Stiffness Method for internal stability design of MSE Walls

Event Type
Professional Development
Sponsor
Fabricated Geomembrane Institute
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Jul 18, 2024   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Speaker
Richard J. Bathurst, Ph.D., GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Registration
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Contact
Jennifer Miller
E-Mail
fabricatedgeomembrane@gmail.com
Phone
217-333-3929
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CEE Seminars and Conferences

The 2020 edition of the authoritative AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications in the USA has adopted the “Stiffness Method” for the internal stability design of geosynthetic mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) walls. The differences between the legacy Simplified Method (which appears in earlier editions of the AASHTO code) and the Stiffness Method are explained in the lecture. The Stiffness Method approach represents a paradigm shift on how reinforcement loads are calculated for internal stability design of MSE walls under operational conditions. The Stiffness Method, as the name implies, includes the tensile stiffness of the reinforcement as a key factor determining the loads developed in reinforcement layers under operational conditions. The Simplified Method is a strength-based approach which cannot distinguish between reinforcement materials falling within the same classification. The Stiffness Method has the additional benefit of being seamless across relatively extensible (geosynthetic reinforcement materials) and relatively inextensible materials (steel grids and steel strips). Practical impacts on design outcomes using the two approaches are identified. 1.0 PDH


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