Geosynthetic Reinforced Steep Slopes: Current Technology in the United States




Kim, Yoo Jae
Kotwal, Ashley Russell
Cho, Bum-Yean
Wilde, James W.
You, Byung Hee

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Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute


Geosynthetics is a crucial mechanism in which the earth structures can be mechanically stabilized through strength enforcing tensile reinforcement. Moreover, geosynthetic reinforcement stabilizes steep slopes through incorporating the polymeric materials, becoming one of the most cost-effective methods in not only accommodating budgetary restrictions but also alleviating space constraints. In order to explicate on the applicability and widen the understanding of geosynthetic reinforcement technology, a synthesis study was conducted on geosynthetic reinforced steep slope. This study is very important because in not only highlighting the advantages and limitations of using geosynthetic reinforcement but also in investigating the current construction and design methods with a view to determining which best practices can be employed. Furthermore, this study also identified and assessed the optimal condition of the soil, performance measures, construction specifications, design criteria, and geometry of the slope. To further concretize the understanding of these parameters or factors, two case studies were reviewed and a summary of the best practices, existing methods, and recommendations were drawn in order to inform the employment of geosynthetics in reinforcing steep slopes.



reinforcement, geosynthetics, geogrid, soil, slope


Kim, Y. J., Kotwal, A. R., Cho, B. Y., Wilde, J., You, & B. H. (2019). Geosynthetic reinforced steep slopes: Current technology in the United States. Applied Sciences, 9(10): 2008.


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