Effectiveness of coir fiber drain to improve the soft soil in embankment construction

M. Prasanna Kumar, Agrahara Krishnamoorthy

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Effectiveness of Embankment constructed on soft soil ameliorated with naturally available coir is analyzed. Finite element method (FEM) is used for the analysis. The embankment, foundation soil and coir are modeled using four noded plane strain element. The effective permeability of coir is modeled using area replacement ratio. The settlement of the soil below the embankment at the end of consolidation and the variation of settlement of soil at the ground surface below the embankment at various time interval are studied. It is concluded from the study that natural drains made up of coir are effective to reduce the settlement of the embankment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1485-1489
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Civil Engineering and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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