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Functional Analytical Models for Characterizing Wholly Encapsulated Confinement Systems for Design of GeoStructures
John Ngaya Mukabi
R&D/Design Dept.
Kensetsu Kaihatsu Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Nairobi, Kenya
Abstract Although wholly encapsulated confinement systems (WECS) typically utilizing steel mesh for gabions and polymeric/soilbag encapsulation are established technologies in terms of application for temporary structures, the theory and its employment for permanent structures has only recently been inducted. The analytical models introduced in this paper are developed on the premise that the associated scientific theories and structural/geotechnical engineering concepts are explicated and that further advances are to be made in R&D (research & development) supported by comprehensive investigations based on rigorous laboratory and insitu (field) testing, fullscale model testing, analytical modelling, numerical simulation as well as monitoring and evaluation. Examples of parameters generated using the proposed analytical models that can be adopted for developing design catalogues for structural foundations and fulldepth pavements structures for unpaved and paved (sealed) LVRs (low volume roads) are provided. Possible functions and attested applications are also introduced.
Keywords Encapsulated confinement system, WECS, analytical models, design, geostructures, fill geomaterial.

INTRODUCTION

Background for developing analytical models
For a long time, wholly encapsulated confinement systems (WECS) such as soilbags (donou in Japanese) have been used to prevent flow of soils from floodwaters and building temporary structures in cases of emergency. However, until as recent as 1991 no application of soilbags had been made for building permanent structures {[1], [2], [3]}. This might have been due to lack of knowledge about the mechanical behaviour of soilbags and the deterioration thereof after an extended period of exposure to sunlight, especially the polyethylene made soilbags which are very sensitive to ultraviolet rays (sunlight). Findings of research trials carried out in Kenya inspired the development of the application of the WECS earth reinforcement technology for road foundation. In Japan, for example, this reinforcing method has been successfully applied in such cases as for the reinforcement of ballast foundation under railway sleepers, reinforcement for soft building foundations and the construction of embankments and retaining walls [3]. In these applications, attention was paid to protect soilbags from sunlight by either embedding them in the ground or using thin facing concrete slabs/columns.
Essentially, external loading on the WECS enables mobilization of the tensile strength of the fabric of the bag,
which enhances the bearing capacity of the soil by several times depending on the tensile strength/stiffness of the soilbag fabric and properties of the fill geomaterials. Experimental testing and investigations have indicated the possible increase of the bearing capacity (load) of a soft building foundation by as high as 510 times [2]. In this Study, the WECS considered is predominantly a system of geomaterials encapsulated within varying types of polymeric bags.
The analytical models developed in this Study can be applied in a wide range of encapsulated units of geo structures including foundations, pavements, embankments, reinforced earth retaining walls, among others.

Theoretical and conceptual considerations
As depicted in Figures 1 ~ 5, when WECS are progressively subjected to external loading, varying modes of encapsulation, cellular and laminated confinement/reinforcement mechanisms become prevalent depending on the stage and/or conditions of loading. The considerations in this respect include: (a) fully encapsulated; (b) partially encapsulated; (c) cellular confinement; (d) discrete planar frictional/bonding confinement/resistance; and (e) laminated planar frictional/bonding confinement/resistance. As demonstrated in these figures, the number of nodes and encapsulating planes determine the degree of influence of the prevalent mechanisms on the magnitude of the tensile resistance and strength/stiffness developed.
A comparison of Figures 1 and 2 explicitly shows the significantly enhanced efficacy resulting from the mechanisms of a fully encapsulated confinement system. The rupture of the loading plane is simulated in consideration of unpaved roads, whereby sections of the gravel wearing course are totally depleted resulting in exposure of the donou (soilbags) to tyre traction stresses and sunlight which end up causing the rupture of the soilbag. Theoretically, the fully encapsulated confinement system can be considered in terms of 3D planes, whilst the partially encapsulated confinement system consists of 2D planes.
Tensile Stress Mobilization
The following considerations define the modes presented in Figures 1 ~ 5. The examples are based on results reported in [4].

Fully encapsulated (Fig. 1): Entails that all the three dimensional (3D) planes are triggered into the action of total confinement acting as a composite slab generating tensile stresses in all 3D planes to provide resistance to the external loading (Figure 6). This would occur during the advanced stages of prefailure and at failure when the tensile stresses are fully mobilized. Note that full encapsulation involves all
Fig. 1. Fully encapsulated confinement system tensile stresses highly mobilized due to external loading (Figure 6): Soil particles are densely packed resulting in reduced voids ratio, enhanced confining stress, density, shearing resistance, bearing strength/capacity and apparent cohesion.
Rupture Plane of Exposed Donou
Tensile Stress Mobilization
Fig. 2. Partially encapsulated confinement system tensile stresses partially mobilized due to external loading (Figure 7): Increase in voids ratio resulting in decrease in confining stress, density, shearing resistance, bearing strength/capacity and apparent cohesion.
Fig. 3. Cellular confinement: Tensile stress mobilization concentrated in the along the lateral 2D planes (Figure 8).
.
Fig. 4. Discrete planar frictional/bonding confinement/resistance: Surface acting as a geotextile
Fig. 5. Laminated planar frictional/bonding confinement/resistance: Surface acting as a laminated geotextile with enhanced tensile properties.
the subsequent mechanisms explained from Figures 2 ~ 5.
Fig. 6. Crosssectional perspectives of single layer embedded donou (soilbags): (a) schematic of log profile; and (b) trial pit excavated during performance evaluation of the Kirima ~ Kianoe Road in Nakuru County (MTRD Evaluation Report No. 1314: April, 2018).

Partially encapsulated (Fig. 2): This phenomenon would occur after total loss of the overlaying gravel wearing course when the upper plane (external loading stress recipient plane) of the soilbags is exposed as shown in Figure 7. In this case partial encapsulated confinement occurs due to the two lateral planes and the bottom horizontal plane in direct contact with the pavement foundation or subgrade.
Fig. 7. Exposed donou (soilbags) resulting from total loss of overlaying gravel wearing course investigated during performance evaluation of the trial/improved sections in Embu County, Kenya (MTRD Evaluation Report No. 1314: April, 2018).

Cellular confinement (Fig. 3): The phenomenon of cellular confinement systems is well illuminated by geocells in general and the loading and failue modes [5], geocell confinement geometry (Figure 8b) and the lateral confinement mechanisms depicted in Figure 8a. In this case,
as can be derived from the LHS depiction in Figure 8, the geocell triggers tensile stress mobilization as a result of lateral confinement and stabilizes the subgrade reaction against external loading. With reference to WECS, the bottom, if intact (not depleted) would provide additional tensile resistance and further stabilization to the subgrade reaction. This would occur after total depletion of the overlaying gravel wearing course when the upper plane (external loading stress recipient plane) of the soilbags is exposed as shown in Figure 7 above.
Fig. 8. Cellular confinement: a) tensile stress mobilization concentrated in the along the lateral 2D planes; and b) reinforcing geometry and mechanisms..

Discrete planar frictional/bonding confinement/resistance (Fig. 4): This mechanism would be analogous to the one exhibited by a geotextile embedded within a pavement layer to act as a reinforcing element. The stabilization/reinforcement of the layer within which it is embedded results from the friction and bonding of the geotextile with the soil particles within the particular layer generating a zone of influence of specific interface thickness and characteristics.
In consideration of the tensile strength/stiffness development of the WECS, the frictional/bonding confinement/resistance actually occurs in the initial stage of loading prior to the prevalence of full encapsulation mechanisms (vicinity of the loading surface in Figure 9b on the RHS). This action would be predominant within the elastic and elastoplastic zones of the kinematic hardening framework.
Fig. 9. Transformation of shear surface resulting in reinforcement of subgrade due to inclusion of frictional geotextile.

Laminated planar frictional confinement/resistance (Fig. 5): Figure 10, which depicts crosssectional perspectives of a log profile and trial pit, is an example of a multilayer structural application of WECS soilbags (donou).
t can be observed from Figure 10a that a laminated interface exists between the first and second layers of the
WECS. As validated in subSections IIE. and IIF., the tensile strength increases in proportion to the number of layers and lamination interfaces, respectively. Accordingly, therefore, it is essential that these characteristics are taken into account during the design and structural performance evaluation WECS geostructures
Fig. 10. Crosssectional perspectives of double layer embedded donou (soilbags): (a) schematic of log profile; and (b) trial pit excavated during performance evaluation of the Kerugoya ~ Kamondo Road in Kirinyaga County (MTRD Evaluation Report No. 1314: April, 2018).


Fundamental considerations of design approach
The fundamental considerations for choice of the appropriate design for WECS technology are mainly influenced by overlay thickness of layer covering the soilbags and type of surfacing, details of which are discussed in Section II and Section IV.


FUNDAMENTAL STRUCTURAL DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Criteria for development of structural design principles
In deriving the structural design principles, consideration of the fundamental design aspects including philosophy/criteria, climatic and environmental conditions, mode of interpretation/evaluation of traffic/load factors, materials characterization and classification, analyses of vital mechanisms required for appropriate use of WECS soilbags and the effective evaluation thereof for purposes of advancing this technology were made accordingly. Methods of evaluation and optimization of the accruing benefits are also included as integral considerations.
In particular, the following considerations have been made:
i) the reinforcement/improvement/stabilization mechanisms resulting from the use of the WECS technology; ii) strength and stiffness development soil mechanics theories and geotechnical engineering concepts; iii) appropriate methods of evaluating the developed bearing capacity; iv) influence of the size and shape of the WECS (soilbags); v) encapsulation characteristics and contribution to deformation resistance; vi) performance evaluation of the possible functions associated with the use of donou; vii) the fundamental design criteria including loading characteristics and stressstrain behavior, failure criterion for the bags, composite WECS, WECS foundation and natural/existing subgrade, area coverage ratio, relevant and appropriate partial factors and design life; viii) evaluation of material properties and the appropriate selection criteria of the reinforcing elements and fill geomaterials; ix) characterization of encapsulated fill geomaterials; x) criteria for evaluation of applicability and benefits; xi) criteria for
selected pavement structural configurations provided within the charts in Chapter 5 of this DG4; and xii) criteria for the developed design catalogues that are presented in [6].

Strength and stiffness development mechanisms
Based on the theoretical and conceptual considerations elucidated in the preceding Section I, strength and stiffness development mechanisms prevail when soilbags are externally loaded and tensile stresses are mobilized as a result. This
angle of internal friction/shearing resistance, , which is a significantly influential parameter, be appropriately determined from triaxial tests. However, given the complexity and the fact that it is scarcely available, the following model
and Table I can be employed in converting the values determined from direct shear testing to equivalent values that would be obtained from triaxial tests.
, = [0.72057(6.3196 0.9019)] (7)
,
advantage is used to reinforce various geostructures including Table I provides a summary of useful values for within
soft foundations for pavements and buildings, embankments and retaining walls. In general, as shown in Figure 1, use of soilbags becomes effective when they are subjected to vertical forces from the upper structures. Figure 1 shows a soilbag subjected to principal stresses, at failure; 1 and 3 from a two dimensional perspective. Considering that the fill material within the soilbag is frictional and granular, to an appreciable extent, at constant volume condition and under the actions of 1 and 3 , the total perimeter of the bag would usually increase as a result of reduction in the height (thickness) due to the compaction/consolidation/compression effects on the fill geomaterial.
Subsequently, the bag compacts vertically and a tensile force T is developed along the 3D planes of the soilbag fabric. The dilatancy occurring inside the bag helps to develop high tensile forces. The tensile force T produces additional stresses that act on the particles inside the soilbag whose vertical and horizontal (lateral) components are expressed as defined in
the range that is typically encountered.
Direct Shear, ds ()
20
25
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
Triaxial Equivalent, tx ()
26.5
30.6
32.9
34.4
35.9
37.3
38.8
40.1
41.5
42.8
44.2
45.5
46.7
48.0
42
Direct Shear, ds ()
20
25
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
44
46
48
50
Triaxial Equivalent, tx ()
26.5
30.6
32.9
34.4
35.9
37.3
38.8
40.1
41.5
42.8
44.2
45.5
46.7
48.0
TABLE I. CONVERSION OF VALUES FROM DIRECT SHEAR TESTS TO THE TRIAXIAL EQUIVALENTS.
3
3
On the other hand, Equation (5) can be verified by considering the model adopted in defining and quantifying the apparent cohesion that prevails due to soilbags (geotextile) reinforcement as is expressed in Equation (8).
= (8)
3
3
where, is the apparent increase in confining stress as a result of WECS soilbags reinforcement, which is defined in Equation (9) with slight modification to account for the fully encapsulated confinement effects as exhibited by the WEC system.
Equations (1) and (2), respectively.
= 2
(1)
= 0.7(6 ) 2
3
3
3
3
(9)
01 (Ã—)
Substituting for in Equation (8) yields:
and,
= [0.7(6 ) 2]
(10)
= 2
(2)
03 (Ã—)
where and are the width and height of the soilbag, respectively and is the length which is considered to be unity ( = 1).
1
1
Thus, as illustrated in Figure 1, the stresses acting on the particles are the combination of external stresses and stress caused by the tensile force (T) of the Donou fabric. At failure, the major effective principal stress can be calculated from Equation (3):
Note that model Equations (9) and (10) account for the effects of intrinsic mechanical stability (gradation) of the fill geomaterial in terms of the average maximum particle size whose typical representative value for gravelly material is considered to be between: = 8 (0.008) and
= 10 (0.01) based on the results from [4].
Validation is achieved by comparing the apparent cohesion
values computed using Equations (5) and (10) for varying quality of fill geomaterial defined in terms of the angle of
= ( + 2)
2
(3)
internal friction/shearing resistance and ultimate tensile
1
3
strengths for the two typical polyethylene that can be available
On the other hand, based on soil mechanics principles for
cohesivefrictional geomaterial ( ) in general and
in Kenya. The comparison is made in Table II and graphically
demonstrated in Figure 11.
pertinent stress ratio concepts in particular, 1 can be expressed in terms of strength @ failure as:
= + 2 (4)
Based on the virtually perfect superimposition of the characteristic curves depicted in Figure 11, it can be derived that Equation (5) is very well validated. Consequently, it is also
1 3
1
1
where, is the apparent cohesion resulting from the tensile stresses acting on and within the soilbag, Now, taking the RHS term in Equation (4), substituting in Equation (3),
rearranging the terms and solving for yields:
= ( 1) (5)
verified that values for the apparent cohesion generated from either Equation (5) or Equation (10) that are summarized in Table II are applicable in design. The models shall be adopted directly in cases where there are changes in soilbag dimensions and/or maximum particle size of the fill geomaterial is
significantly greater than 10mm. However, it should be noted
1+( )
= 1( )
(6)
that, for optimal results using the WECS soilbag technology, the UBL upper boundary limit of the maximum particle size is:
From Figure 1, it is inferred that the soilbag can be considered to be under triaxial conditions. In order to better simulate these conditions therefore, it is advisable that the
= 20 (0.02)
Type of Fabric (Material)
Polyethelene
Polypropylene
Polyester
Tult. (kN/m)
6.6
11.2
20
Country of Ori gin
China
Kenya
Japan
AIF/ASR,
tx
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
Apparent Cohesion, cR (kPa)
Eq. (5)
Eq. (10)
Eq. (5)
Eq. (10)
Eq. (5)
Eq. (10)
20
2.040
83
90
140
152
251
272
25
2.464
93
99
158
167
282
299
28
2.770
100
104
170
177
303
317
30
3.000
105
109
178
185
318
330
32
3.255
110
113
187
192
333
343
34
3.537
115
118
196
200
350
358
36
3.852
121
123
206
209
367
373
38
4.204
127
129
216
218
386
390
40
4.599
134
135
227
228
406
408
42
5.045
141
141
239
239
427
427
44
5.550
148
148
252
251
450
448
46
6.126
157
155
266
264
475
471
48
6.786
166
164
281
278
502
496
50
7.549
175
173
298
293
531
523
Type of Fabric (Material)
Polyethelene
Polypropylene
Polyester
Tult. (kN/m)
6.6
11.2
20
Country of Ori gin
China
Kenya
Japan
AIF/ASR,
tx
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
Apparent Cohesion, cR (kPa)
Eq. (5)
Eq. (10)
Eq. (5)
Eq. (10)
Eq. (5)
Eq. (10)
20
2.040
83
90
140
152
251
272
25
2.464
93
99
158
167
282
299
28
2.770
100
104
170
177
303
317
30
3.000
105
109
178
185
318
330
32
3.255
110
113
187
192
333
343
34
3.537
115
118
196
200
350
358
36
3.852
121
123
206
209
367
373
38
4.204
127
129
216
218
386
390
40
4.599
134
135
227
228
406
408
42
5.045
141
141
239
239
427
427
44
5.550
148
148
252
251
450
448
46
6.126
157
155
266
264
475
471
48
6.786
166
164
281
278
502
496
50
7.549
175
173
298
293
531
523
TABLE II. SUMMARY OF APPARENT COHESION VALUES APPLICABLE IN DESIGN.
summary of ranges of bearing capacity values determined from unconfined compression tests that can be applicable in the evaluation of bearing capacity of discrete WECS soilbags. It is important to note that the bearing capacity of the soilbags is mainly a function of the ultimate tensile strength as well as the apparent lateral/confining stress and apparent cohesion, which increase due to the mobilized tensile stresses as a result of the fully encapsulated confinement effect.
S/N
Type of Fabric Material
Ultimate Tensile Strength (kN/m)
Range of Load/ Strength/Stiffness
Fill Geomateri als
Load
@ Failure (kN)
Bearing Strength (Stiffness)
@ Failure (MPa)
1.
Polyethylene (PE)
12
230 –
280
1.44 1.75
(390 –
625)
Crushed Stone/Sand
2.
Polyester (PET)
20
540 –
640
3.375 4.0
(4350 –
7450)
Crushed Stone/Sand
3.
Polypropylene (PP)
6.6
250 –
300
1.56 1.875 (470 – 750)
Lateritic Gravel
S/N
Type of Fabric Material
Ultimate Tensile Strength (kN/m)
Range of Load/ Strength/Stiffness
Fill Geomateri als
Load
@ Failure (kN)
Bearing Strength (Stiffness)
@ Failure (MPa)
1.
Polyethylene (PE)
12
230 –
280
1.44 1.75
(390 –
625)
Crushed Stone/Sand
2.
Polyester (PET)
20
540 –
640
3.375 4.0
(4350 –
7450)
Crushed Stone/Sand
3.
Polypropylene (PP)
6.6
250 –
300
1.56 1.875 (470 – 750)
Lateritic Gravel
TABLE III. APPLICABLE RANGE FOR BEARING CAPACITY.
600
Resulting Apparent Cohesion, cR (kPa)
Resulting Apparent Cohesion, cR (kPa)
500
400
Comparison of Apparent Cohesion Computed from Model Equations (5) and (10)
300
200
100
0
20 25 30 35 40 45 50
2) Mathematical models for estimating bearing capacity based on UCS testing
Useful mathematical/analytical models for estimating the bearing strength/capacity of WECS soilbags are introduced. Under unconfined compression conditions, the minor principal stress, 3 does not take effect. In other words, 3 = 0 . Essentially therefore, considering 3 = 0 and substituting the same in Equation (3) and rearranging the terms, the major
Angle of Internal Friction/Shearing Resistance, ' ()
principal stress, can be predicted from Equation (12).
T=6.6 Eq. (5) T=6.6 Eq. (10) T=11.2 Eq. (5) T=11.2 Eq. (10) T=20 Eq.(5) T=20 Eq.(10)
1
= (2) [() 1] (12)
Fig. 11. Comparison of apparent cohesion values determined from analytical
1
model Equations 5 and 10.
Note that the values summarized in Table II are for areas with
The load at failure can be predicted by introducing the planar dimensions comprising of the width, and the length,
of the soilbag as is expressed in Equation (13).
flat terrain. In other words, the load is vertical without
= (2) [()
1] Ã— Ã— (13)
inclination ( = 0), where is the angle of the slope. For sloppy areas these values are corrected using Equation (11).
() = { ( = 0Â°) Ã— (2), (0Â° 45Â°) 0, (45Â° 90Â°)
Essentially therefore, considering = 0 and substituting
3
3
the same in Equation (3) yields:
(11) = 2
2
(14)
1

Analytical evaluation of strength and stiffness properties
Key Standard methods of evaluating the bearing capacity of WECS donou include experimental testing and
Multiplying the RHS of Equation (14) by to derive
1
1
common terms and rearranging the terms enables the major principal stress, to be predicted from Equation (15).
mathematical models. Standard methods of testing that have
= (2) [()
1] (15)
been adopted to evaluate the bearing capacity include the UCS
1
(Unconfined Compressive Strength) in the laboratory and the PL/BT (Plate Loading/ Bearing Test).
The load at failure can then be predicted by introducing the planar dimensions comprising of the width, and the length,
of the soilbag as is expressed in Equation (16).
= (2) [()
1] Ã— Ã— (16)

Guidance on range of bearing capacity and stiffness based on unconfined compression strength (UCS) tests.
Laboratory tests, detailed in [4] and [7], carried out on WECS show strength improvement of up to ten times that of the unreinforced soil. On the other hand, Table III presents a
Considering that the postcompaction dimensions of the WECS donou to be the same in all cases of application, it can be derived that = and = 4. Taking advanage of these relations, Equations (15) and (16) can be derivatively
expressed to be dimensionally dependent on only the thickness (height), of the WECS soilbag by substituting for in Equations (15) and (16), Equations 17 and 18 are obtained.
an average value determined from literature and in consideration of a yield strain of = 15% of the WECS do nou (soilbag) fabric (refer to Table VII).
= (2) [(4)
1] (17)
1
4
TABLE IV. PREDICTED PARAMETRIC VALUES APPLICABLE
= (2) [(4)
1] Ã— 42 (18)
FOR TESTING, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION QCA AND STRUCTURAL
1
4
PERFORMANCE FOR BEARING CAPACITIES @ FAILURE.
Type of Fabric
PE
PP
PET
Tult. (kN/m)
6.6
11.2
20
Country of Origin
China
Kenya
Japan
AIF/ASR,
tx
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
Bearing Capacity, 1f (kPa)
20
2.040
255
433
774
25
2.464
316
536
957
28
2.770
360
610
1090
30
3.000
392
666
1189
32
3.255
429
728
1299
34
3.537
469
796
1421
36
3.852
514
872
1558
38
4.204
564
957
1710
40
4.599
621
1053
1881
42
5.045
684
1161
2073
44
5.550
756
1283
2292
46
6.126
839
1423
2541
48
6.786
933
1583
2827
50
7.549
1042
1767
3156
Type of Fabric
PE
PP
PET
Tult. (kN/m)
6.6
11.2
20
Country of Origin
China
Kenya
Japan
AIF/ASR,
tx
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
Bearing Capacity, 1f (kPa)
20
2.040
255
433
774
25
2.464
316
536
957
28
2.770
360
610
1090
30
3.000
392
666
1189
32
3.255
429
728
1299
34
3.537
469
796
1421
36
3.852
514
872
1558
38
4.204
564
957
1710
40
4.599
621
1053
1881
42
5.045
684
1161
2073
44
5.550
756
1283
2292
46
6.126
839
1423
2541
48
6.786
933
1583
2827
50
7.549
1042
1767
3156
The equations hence take the simplified form defined in model Equations (19) and (20).
= (
= (
1
2
) [4 1] (19)
The load at failure can be predicted by introducing the planar dimensions of the soilbag as is expressed in Equation (20).
= ( ) [4
1] Ã— 162 (20)
2
Note that these prediction equations are significantly important mainly due to the following advantages/facilitation.

Enable estimation of the stresses and loads at failure which can be adopted in design in the absence of testing facilities. This is quite simply possible based on the magnitude of the ultimate tensile strength, of the soilbag material and the angle of internal friction/shearing resistance, of the fill
geomaterials, parameters which are knowns or can be derived from simple tests and/or models.

Enable design of appropriate loading capacities for the load components for UCS laboratory tests.

Stiffness (elastic modulus) can be predicted by using these results and small strain sophisticated predictive models.

The parameters can be adopted for the design of pre construction trial sections, construction QCA and structural performance evaluation.
It is essential, however, to note that Equations (14) ~ (20) do not take the deformation (change in the dimensions) of the
Notes: PE Polyethylene; PP Polypropylene; PET Polyester.
The predicted values show extremely good compatibility with experimental test results reported in international publications (deviation/difference within Â±10% ). Application of these values is therefore recommended. Note that the model defined in Equation (21) should be adopted in cases where the soilbag fill geomaterial exhibits high shearing resistance.
Influence of Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure and Ultimate Tensile Strength on the Encapsulated Minor Principal (Confining) Stress
WECS soilbags, which undergoes progressive loading to
failure, into consideration. This influences the confidence level of the predicted parameters. In order to circumvent this problem, a deformation parameter, which is a function of the ultimate tensile strength, of the soilbag material, the angle of internal friction/shearing resistance, of the fill geomaterials
and the soilbag initial thickness, , is introduced. The deformation parameter, can be computed from Equation
(21) and introduced as a multiplier in Equations (14) ~ (20).
3500
Encapsulated Bearing Strength/Capacity, 3f (kPa)
Encapsulated Bearing Strength/Capacity, 3f (kPa)
3000
2500
2000
1500
1000
500
0
T: U
PE:
PP:
ltim Poly Pol
ate T ethy yprop
ensi lene yle
le S
ne
treng
th in
kN/
m
PET
: Po
lyest
er
td/> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
= 0.04251(0.0321 )
(21)
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
.
T=6.6 (PE) T=11.2 (PP) T=20 (PET)
On the other hand, where the deformation, can be
estimated, then Equations (22) can be adopted based on the concept of constant volume associated with fully encapsulated confinement systems.
Influence of Angle of Shearing Resistance/Internal Friction and Ultimate Tensile Strength on the Encapsulated Minor Principal (Confining) Stress
Encapsulated Bearing Strength/Capacity, 1f (kPa)
Encapsulated Bearing Strength/Capacity, 1f (kPa)
3500
T: Ultimate Tensile Strength in kN/m
PE: Polyethylene
= (
) [4
1] (22)
3000
PP: Polypropylene
PET: Polyester
1
2()
2500
The load at failure can be predicted by introducing the planar dimensions of the soilbag as is expressed in Equation (23).
2000
1500
1000
= (
) [4
1] Ã— 16( + )2 (23)
500
0
0
2()
Equations (22) and (23) are employed in generating Table IV that is applicable for predicting bearing capacities and loads, for testing, design, construction QCA and structural performance evaluation. In this table, the deformation at failure is accounted for as: = 7.5(0.0075), which is
10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50
Angle of Shearing Resistance/Internal Friction, f ()
T=6.6 (PE) T=11.2 (PP) T=20 (PET)
Fig. 12. Effects of ultimate tensile strength of soilbag fabric on encapsulated bearing capacity with varying: a) coefficient of passive earth pressure; and,
b) angle of shearing resistance.
3
3
Thus Another integral factor to consider is that, as a result of the tensile stresses mobilized within the soilbag apparent intrinsic confining stress, and apparent intrinsic cohesion,
3
3
will be progressively prevalent to failure. can be derived from Equation (3) as follows.
On the other hand, the apparent intrinsic cohesion, is derived on the basis of Equations (4), (22) and (29) taking the effect of the apparent confining stress, into account.
3
3
Rearranging the terms in Equation (4) as an expression defining , yields:
2
2
( + )
3 = 1
+
(24)
1
3
= 1 ( 2
+ 2) (25)
=
2
(30)
3
1
Substituting for and from Equations (22) and (29)
1 3
1
1
Substituting for in Equation (25) from the expression in
the following expression is obtained.
Equation (22) yields Equation (26).
(41)
=
[1 ] (31)= 1 {[( ) (4
1)] 2 + 2} (26)
4()
3 2()
Consequently, the apparent intrinsic cohesion,
can be
Equation (26) can be rewritten as:
quantitatively evaluated from Equation (32).
=
(4 1)
[( ) (4
1)] (27)
(41)
(32)
3
2
()
4
=
=
and further rearranged to:
= (41) [ ( )]
Note that Equations (19) ~ Equation (32) can further be simplified by considering the specified height/thickness as a
3
2()
(28)
constant value, = 0.1.
3
3
Consequently, can be quantitatively evaluated from Equation (29).
= (41) (29)

Model and fullscale testing
In order to advance the understanding and capacity to elucidate the mechanisms of fully encapsulated confinement
3
2()
systems and establish standard methods of strength, stiffness and performance evaluation, it is imperative that innovative
Encapsulated Apparent Cohesion, CR (kPa)
Encapsulated Apparent Cohesion, CR (kPa)
600
500
400
300
200
100
0
Influence of Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure and Ultimate Tensile
Strength on the Encapsulated Apparent Cohesion
T: U
PE:
PP:
ltim Poly Poly
ate ethy pro
nsile ne lene
Stre
ngt
h in
kN/
m
PET
: Pol
yest
r
T: U
PE:
PP:
ltim Poly Poly
ate ethy pro
nsile ne lene
Stre
ngt
h in
kN/
m
PET
: Pol
yest
r
Te le py e
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
T=6.6 (PE) T=11.2 (PP) T=20 (PET)
modelling and fullscale testing is undertaken rigorously. Guidelines on the appropriate and innovative methods of testing are provided in [8].

Field (insitu) investigations
The most pragmatic method of evaluating the strength, bearing capacity, stiffness and degree of performance enhancement is to perform field investigations and insitu testing. The methods of insitu testing that have been performed to evaluate the bearing capacity of donou improved road sections include the DCP (dynamic cone penetrometer) for determining the CBR (California Bearing Ratio) and the PB/LT (plate bearing/loading tests).
Figure 14 depicts the recommended mode of determining stiffness (surface modulus) from PB/LT (plate bearing/loading) measurements.
Encapsulated Apparent Cohesion, CR (kPa)
Encapsulated Apparent Cohesion, CR (kPa)
600
500
400
300
Influence of Angle of Shearing Resistance/Internal Friction and Ultimate
td>
ate T thyl prop
T: U
PE:
PP:
ltim Polye Poly
ensil ene ylene
e Stre
ngth
in k
N/m
PET:
Poly
este
r
T: U
PE:
PP:
ltim Polye Poly
ate T thyl prop
ensil ene ylene
e Stre
ngth
in k
N/m
PET:
Poly
este
r
Tensile Strength on the Encapsulated Apparent Cohesion
GWC surface modulus
GWC
Donou layer surface modulus
Subgrade modulus
200
100
0
10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50
Angle of Shearing Resistance, f ()
T=6.6 (PE) T=11.2 (PP) T=20 (PET)
Subgrade
Element modulus
Fig. 14. Mode of determining stiffness (elastic modulus) from PB/LT (plate bearing/loading) measurements (MTRD Evaluation Report No. 1314 of April, 2018).




Anaysis of size and shape effects
Fig. 13. Effects of ultimate tensile strength of soilbag fabric on encapsulated apparent cohesion with varying: a) coefficient of passive earth pressure; and,
b) angle of shearing resistance.
As can be unequivocally inferred from practically all the foregoing Equations 1 ~ 32, the size and shape of the WECS soilbags has significant influence on the mobilization of tensile
stresses hence the development of the strength and stiffness of the fill material. It is therefore imperative that the dimensions specified at the outset are strictly adhered to.

Influence of number of layers
It is imperative to determine the appropriate number of layers required. The number of donou layers required is, understandably, dependent on the tensile strength of the WECS bag, bearing strength/capacity/stiffness of the subgrade and the delineating geotechnical/environmental conditions.
The influence of the number of donou stacked layers is to be quantified and incorporated in the design for cases whereby multiple layers are necessary as depicted in Figures 15 and 16.
TABLE V. APPROPRIATE NUMBER OF WECS (SOILBAG) LAYERS REQUIRED BASED ON SUBGRADE STIFFNESS.
Site Conditions
Normal
Critical
Highly Critical
Factor of Safety, Fs
1.5
1.75
2
Priority
1
2
3
Subgrade Resilient Modulus, MR (Mpa
Equivalent CBR (%)
Number of Donou Layers Required, ND L (No.)
6
1
3.1
3.6
4.1
12
2
1.6
1.8
2.1
18
3
1.1
1.3
1.4
24
4
0.8
1.0
1.1
29
5
0.7
0.8
0.9
34
6
0.6
0.7
0.8
39
7
0.5
0.6
0.7
44
8
N/A
0.5
0.6
49
9
N/A
0.5
0.5
54
10
N/A
N/A
0.5
Notes: . = 0.5 to be rounded to: . 1 depending on the site
Fig. 15. Various WECS donou crosssectional layout configuration (Matsuoka and Liu, 2003).
conditions @ Engineers judgement: N/A Not Applicable

Quantitative evaluation of influence of number of vertically stacked layers
2
2
Results from model experimental testing conducted on WECS indicate that the bearing capacity of donou basically increases by the square exponent of the ratio of the increased
to the original area: ( .) , which applies both in plane and crosssectional perspectives [2]. Based on this concept and taking the soilbag edge reduction and the effects of installation/construction deficiencies and ramification, the model defined in Equation (34) should be applied in the evaluation of the influence of stacked layers.
The appropriate number of soilbag (donou) layers required,
. can be computed from the model defined in Equation
= (
= (
1
() >1[10.1(1)]Ã— 2
) [4 1] Ã— { }
(33), which takes into account the deformation resistance of
2()
()=1
(34)
the natural subgrade.
. = (6 Ã— 1052 + 0.078
1
) Ã—
(33)
where, = number of stacked layers and = partial factor to account for installation/construction deficiencies,
,
where, is the resilient modulus of the natural (existing) subgrade prior to improvement and is the factor of safety to cater for site conditions, installation/construction deficiencies and ramification. It is recommended that the factor of safety is
and ramification, whereby = Ã— = 0.8 Ã— 0.91 = 0.727. This implies the square exponent reduces to 1.455.
Employing the ratio conversion concept, Equation (34) is simplified to:
limited within the range: 1.5
2 . Equation (33) is
2 1.455
adopted in generating Table V, w
h is to be employed in
= (
) [4
[()>1] [10.1(1)Ã—]1] Ã— { }
design.
hic
1
2()
2
[()=1](35)
A similar principle is used in developing Equation (36), which mathematically defines the resulting loads at failure.
= ( ) [4
1] Ã— 16( + )2 Ã—
2()
2
1.455
[()>1] [10.1(1)Ã—]{ 2 }
[()=1](36)
Equations (35) and (36) are employed in generating Table VI, which summarize bearing capacity and load values, that areto be adopted in design of WECS donou foundations to a level of up to 3 (three) vertically stacked soilbag layers.
Note that the ultimate tensile strength of the Kenyan manufactured polypropylene soilbag fabric (. = 11.2/
) is adopted in these computations.
The apparent increase in intrinsic confining stress and intrinsic cohesion can be evaluated from Equations (37) and (38).
p>2 1.455
= (41) Ã—
[()>1] [10.1(1)Ã—]}(37)
3
{
2()
2
[()=1](4 1)
= Ã—
2
[()>1] [10.1(1)Ã—]1.455
(38)
4 { ( ) 2 }
[ =1]where, = length of the WECS donou (soilbag). Note that these models are simplified based on the fact that the standard specifications stipulated are: = = 0.4 and = 0.1.
TABLE VI. BEARING CAPACITIES FOR VARYING NUMBER OF VERTICALLY STACKED WECS LAYERS.
Fig. 16. Example of laminated soilbags: Effect of lamination depending on number of WECS donou layers.
The model defined in Equation (39), which is used in computing the values summarized in Table VII for two laminates (. = 2) enable the accounting for the influence of lamination in design.
Ref. Bearing Capacity
Tult. (kN/m)
11.2
Bearing Capacities for Varying Vertically Stacked Donou Layers
No. of Stacked Layers
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Equiv. CBR (%)
AIF/ASR,
tx
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
Bearing Capacity, 1f (kPa)
10
15
1.698
351
927
1610
2354
3129
3916
4698
5463
6200
6901
19
20
2.040
433
1145
1989
2908
3866
4838
5805
6750
7661
8527
31
25
2.464
536
1417
2461
3597
4783
5985
7181
8350
9477
10549
40
28
2.770
610
1612
2801
4095
5444
6813
8173
9504
10787
12006
47
30
3.000
666
1760
3057
4469
5941
7435
8920
10372
11772
13103
54
32
3.255
728
1923
3340
4882
6491
8123
9746
11333
12862
14316
62
34
3.537
796
2103
3654
5341
7101
8887
10662
12398
14072
15662
71
36
3.852
872
2305
4003
5853
7781
9738
11683
13585
15419
17162
80
38
4.204
957
2530
4395
6425
8542
10689
12824
14913
16925
18839
90
40
4.599
1053
2783
4834
7067
9395
11758
14106
16403
18617
20721
100
42
5.045
1161
3068
5329
7791
10358
12963
15552
18084
20525
22845
111
44
5.550
1283
3391
5891
8612
11450
14329
17191
19990
22688
25253
123
46
6.126
1423
3760
6531
9548
12695
15886
19060
22163
25154
27998
135
48
6.786
1583
4183
7265
10621
14121
17672
21202
24654
27981
31145
148
50
7.549
1767
4670
8112
11860
15768
19732
23674
27529
31244
34776
Ref. Bearing Capacity
Tult. (kN/m)
11.2
Bearing Capacities for Varying Vertically Stacked Donou Layers
No. of Stacked Layers
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Equiv. CBR (%)
AIF/ASR,
tx
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
Bearing Capacity, 1f (kPa)
10
15
1.698
351
927
1610
2354
3129
3916
4698
5463
6200
6901
19
20
2.040
433
1145
1989
2908
3866
4838
5805
6750
7661
8527
31
25
2.464
536
1417
2461
3597
4783
5985
7181
8350
9477
10549
40
28
2.770
610
1612
2801
4095
5444
6813
8173
9504
10787
12006
47
30
3.000
666
1760
3057
4469
5941
7435
8920
10372
11772
13103
54
32
3.255
728
1923
3340
4882
6491
8123
9746
11333
12862
14316
62
34
3.537
796
2103
3654
5341
7101
8887
10662
12398
14072
p>15662 71
36
3.852
872
2305
4003
5853
7781
9738
11683
13585
15419
17162
80
38
4.204
957
2530
4395
6425
8542
10689
12824
14913
16925
18839
90
40
4.599
1053
2783
4834
7067
9395
11758
14106
16403
18617
20721
100
42
5.045
1161
3068
5329
7791
10358
12963
15552
18084
20525
22845
111
44
5.550
1283
3391
5891
8612
11450
14329
17191
19990
22688
25253
123
46
6.126
1423
3760
6531
9548
12695
15886
19060
22163
25154
27998
135
48
6.786
1583
4183
7265
10621
14121
17672
21202
24654
27981
31145
148
50
7.549
1767
4670
8112
11860
15768
19732
23674
27529
31244
34776
= (0.35950.97372+10.450.9916 ) Ã— .
.,.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(39)
where .,.
and . = 70 are the resulting
G. Effects of lamination in multilayered WECS
In most cases, for soft ground reinforcement/improvement, the WECS donou technology requires multilayer piling as shown in Figure 16.
Model and fullscale experimental testing results indicate that the effect of lamination is to increase the ultimate tensile strength, . by approximately the number of laminates depending on the axial strain at which the . is determined. Unless otherwise intentional modified, WECS donou laminates would usually be two faces notwithstanding the number of piled layers as can be derived from Figure 16. In this case it can be seen that the middle portion of the three layer pile on the RHS is laminated on both the top and bottom faces (two face lamination). This effect has yet to be investigated. This notwithstanding, the overlaying and underlaying layers are each single face laminated.
laminated and the reference ultimate tensile strengths, respectively.
TABLE VII. SUMMARY OF RESULTING ULTIMATE TENSILE STRENGTH DUE TO SINGLE FACE LAMINATION (. = 2).
Ma te ri a l
PE
PP
PET
Tult. (kN/m)
6.6
11.2
20
Ori gi n
Chi na
Ke nya
Ja pa n
Axial Strain, (%)
Resulting Ultimate Tensile Strength Due to Single Face Lamination Effect, Tult .la m . (kN/m)
3
5.3
9.0
16.0
4
6.8
11.5
20.5
6
9.4
15.9
28.4
8
11.4
19.4
34.6
10
12.9
21.9
39.2
11
13.5
22.9
40.9
12
13.9
23.6
42.2
13
14.2
24.1
43.1
14
14.4
24.4
43.6
15
14.4
24.5
43.7
16
14.3
24.3
43.3
17
14.1
23.9
42.6
18
13.7
23.2
41.5
19
13.2
22.4
40.0
20
12.6
21.3
38.0
Notes: PE Polyethylene; PP Polypropylene; Polyester
It is recommended that the values .,. highlighted in grey be adopted since they are the maximum values determined @ = 15%, which is almost a standard value for determining the ultimate tensile strengths for woven geotextiles.


BASIC DESIGN CRITERIA

Structural design criteria
The conceptual basis of the structural design criteria developed is focused on the effective characterization of the WECS donou (soilbag) encapsulation characteristics based on
the soil mechanics theories and geotechnical engineering concepts introduced in the preceding Section II. In particular, the following considerations and attributes constitute the structural design criteria: i) under dynamic loading, the wheel loading applied to a soilbag reinforced layer will usually be multidirectional; ii) a wheel passage over a single soilbag impacts force vectors through the Mechanically Stabilized Layer (MSL) which vary in time, direction and magnitude; iii) vertical stresses impacted predominantly by live load surcharges from traffic dynamic loading are dispersed in the mode and pattern portrayed in a Westergaard model; iv) stress
~ strain distribution primarily depends on the index characteristics of soilbag product, the intrinsic mechanical; strength and stiffness (elastic modulus) properties of the fill geomaterials and the degree/extent of the encapsulation confinement effect; v) lateral restraint/confinement of the base and subgrade is achieved through friction and bonding of the layer geomaterials and the WECS; vi) increase in the system bearing capacity is gained by diverting the potential bearing capacity failure surface to develop along alternate, higher shear strength surfaces both for the soilbag fill g and the pavement and subgrade layer geomaterials; and vii) membrane support of the wheel loads is only achievable under considerably high strain conditions within the soilbag hence its application should be limited to temporary road pavements.

Failure criteria
The The failure criterion of the composite donou consisting of the soil and the bag is based on the Limit State philosophy entailing ultimate and serviceability states.

Failure criterion based on shear strength
It has been explicitly demonstrated in the preceding Section II that WECS soilbags exhibit both compressive and tensile characteristics. It was also shown that the compressive strength decreases with a corresponding decrease in the apparent cohesion, () when subjected to inclined external loading ( > 0) [Equation (11)].
As shown in Figure 17, the failure criterion of the composite soilbags is based on Mohrs strss diagram [2]. As can be inferred from this schematic representation, failure assumes two major conditions including: i) the confining stress is nonprevalent (3 = 0); and ii) both the soilbag fabric and fill geomaterial fail simultaneously. In this case, the soilbags will exhibit tensile strength when connected (refer to sub

Serviceability criterion based on rut depth
The serviceability criterion deemed to be the maximum rut depth. In this case, a maximum rut depth of 15mm is considered the allowable value hence nonserviceability compliance is designated when , 15.


Area coverage ratio
As can be observed from Figures 18 and 19, soilbags are installed as discrete reinforcing elements in this case. It has been evident from various trials and road sections improved using the Donou technology that the 5cm spacing provided as a tolerance or compaction is never closed perfectly.
Edge Effects
Gap between Donou (Soilbags) = 5cm (0.005m)
Fig. 18. Gap provision for compaction tolerance of WECS soilbags.
Fig. 19. Installation, compaction and filling of gaps between WECS soilbags.
In order to account for these gaps, the area coverage ratio is introduced as a reduction factor to be applied to the effective bearing strength/capacity and strength parameters, which are highly dependent on the area coverage of the soilbags. In consideration of the gaps and edge effects, the area coverage ratio shall be computed on the basis of Equation (40).
Section D). The integral parameters that delineate the failure
()Ã—()
=
=
.Ã—.
(40)
criterion are the vertical stress, angle of shearing resistance and the apparent cohesion.
Fig. 17. Failure criterion of composite WECS soilbags (Matsuoka and Liu, 2003).
Based on the WECS soilbag dimensional specifications provided in this paper, which are standard and remain constant, the area coverage ratio is designated at = 0.81.

Connectivity of WECS bags
The effects of connection on tensile strength and their contribution to yield strength and the failure criterion can be derived from Figure 17. It has also been derived from the analysis and structural performance evaluation of the trial and road sections improved using the Donou technology in Kenya that these gaps culminate in drifting of the soilbags particularly in areas predominated with problematic soils.
On the other hand, it can be derived from Figure 24 that for permanent structures constructed in Japan using the Donou technology, the soilbags are connected. Although further investigations are necessary in order to develop appropriate
Surface Dressing
Surface Dressing
guidelines regarding this aspect, it is advisable that the soilbags are connected through seaming in the field.
Base Layer
Thickness
Base Layer
Thickness

Applicable partial factors
Fulldepth
Structural Pavement Thickness
Fulldepth
Structural Pavement Thickness
Donou Layer
Thickness
Structural Subgrade
Layer Thickness
Donou Layer
Thickness
Structural Subgrade
Layer Thickness
Donou
Foundation
Donou
Foundation
In designing geostructures with donou application, reduction factors have to be employed to mainly account for durability, installation damage/construction deficiencies, creep reduction and uncertainties in consideration of the do nou material properties and soil interaction characteristics [7]. The partial (reduction) factors to be employed for the Long Term Design Strength (LTDS) of soilbags reinforced/improved embankments and pavements are presented in Table VIII.
The data in Table VIII is then used to determine the allowable working stress of the soilbag reinforcement from the expression in the following Equation 41. The values in brackets are the equivalent partial factors.
= () (41)
(Ã—Ã—)
Fig. 20. Depiction of various layer types and definition of WECS (Donou)
foundation and subgrade structural thickness.
TABLE VIII. PROPOSED PARTIAL (REDUCTION) FACTORS.

Design life
The design life shall be equivalent to the inservice life and shall be designated at a period that is compatible to the LTDS (longterm design strength).


DEVELOPMENT OF DESIGN CATALOGUES

Foundation structural configuration
The WECS donou foundation, as per the definition of this paper, consists of the structural subgrade thickness and the soilbag layer(s) as depicted in Figure 20.
The integral criteria of adopting the WECS Donou technology is to ensure the achievement of a sound foundation that will effectively support the pavement structure over an extended period comprising of the design life and rehabilitation extension. It is therefore imperative to determine the appropriate number of donou layers required. As demonstrated in the preceding sections, the number of donou layers required is, understandably, dependent on the bearing strength/capacity/stiffness of the subgrade and the delineating geotechnical/environmental conditions.
The influence of the number of vertically stacked donou layers is to be quantified and incorporated in the design for cases whereby multiple layers are necessary.
The appropriate number of donou layers required, . as computed from the model defined in Equations (33) and (42), which take into account the deformation resistance of the natural subgrade, are summarized in Table V.
S/N
Particulars
Typical Values
Proposed Values
1.
Durability Reduction Factor,
1.2 (0.833)
1.2 (0.833)
2.
Installation Damage Reduction Factor,
1.25 (0.8)
1.25 (0.8)
3.
Creep Reduction Factor,
1.66 (0.6)
1.5 (0.667)
4.
Factor of Safety against Uncertainties,
1.5 (0.667)
1.1 (0.909)
S/N
Particulars
Typical Values
Proposed Values
1.
Durability Reduction Factor,
1.2 (0.833)
1.2 (0.833)
2.
Installation Damage Reduction Factor,
1.25 (0.8)
1.25 (0.8)
3.
Creep Reduction Factor,
1.66 (0.6)
1.5 (0.667)
4.
Factor of Safety against Uncertainties,
1.5 (0.667)
1.1 (0.909)
In cases whereby it is deemed by the Engineer that the site conditions are critically problematic, additional donou layers based on a design review may be incorporated upon review and approval by the Chief Engineer.
Note that Table V is generated based on the specifications stipulated in [6] considering Class G8 natural material with an initial target improvement to Foundation Class F3 (Equivalent Subgrade Class S5) whereby the fill geomaterial is reinforced to Class G22, at a relative compaction of 95%MDD using a soilbag fabric with an ultimate tensile strength of 11.2kN/m (. = = 11.2) . In this case, the initial target surface (composite) modulusis 125MPa. Table IX provides computational details. Note that further improvement/reinforcement is anticipated with progressive consolidation in the initial stages of traffic loading.
Donou Natural Fill Material Calssification and Reference Bearing Capacity
Tult. (kN/m)
6.60
11.20
20.00
Tall. (kN/m)
2.67
4.53
8.08
Elastic Modulus (Stiffness) for Varying Vertically Stacked Donou CompositeStructural Layers
No. of Stacked Layers
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
4
PDG 1
Designation
Equiv. CBR (%)
AIF/ASR,
tx
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
Elastic Modulus (Stiffness) Values for Donou Composite Structural Layers, E0 (MPa)
G5
5
11
1.472
18
43
68
29
67
106
48
108
196
387
G8
8
14
1.638
20
48
76
32
74
118
54
121
239
521
G10
10
15
1.698
21
50
79
34
77
123
56
126
257
579
G15
15
18
1.894
23
55
87
38
85
140
62
144
326
809
G20
20
21
2.078
26
60
95
41
93
157
68
162
408
1088
G25
25
23
2.257
28
65
103
45
101
176
73
182
507
1430
G30
30
25
2.417
30
70
110
48
108
195
78
202
614
1800
G50
50
31
3.124
39
88
144
61
141
312
98
330
1345
4325
G60
60
34
3.464
43
96
163
67
159
394
108
419
1880
6161
G80
80
38
4.204
51
115
216
79
209
649
131
698
3571
7980
90
40
4.599
55
125
253
86
243
838
144
905
4823
8485
100
42
5.045
60
138
302
93
289
1103
161
1195
6572
9035
111
44
5.550
65
154
370
101
352
1480
182
1607
7546
9638
123
46
6.126
71
174
467
110
442
2020
210
2199
8065
10301
135
48
6.786
77
201
607
121
572
2806
249
3059
8638
11033
148
50
7.549
85
238
813
135
763
3965
305
4326
9274
11845
45
Donou Natural Fill Material Calssification and Reference Bearing Capacity
Tult. (kN/m)
6.60
11.20
20.00
Tall. (kN/m)
2.67
4.53
8.08
Elastic Modulus (Stiffness) for Varying Vertically Stacked Donou CompositeStructural Layers
No. of Stacked Layers
1
2
3
1
2
3
1
2
3
4
PDG 1
Designation
Equiv. CBR (%)
AIF/ASR,
tx
Coefficient of Passive Earth Pressure, Kp
Elastic Modulus (Stiffness) Values for Donou Composite Structural Layers, E0 (MPa)
G5
5
11
1.472
18
43
68
29
67
106
48
108
196
387
G8
8
14
1.638
20
48
76
32
74
118
54
121
239
521
G10
10
15
1.698
21
50
79
34
77
123
56
126
257
579
G15
15
18
1.894
23
55
87
38
85
140
62
144
326
809
G20
20
21
2.078
26
60
95
41
93
157
68
162
408
1088
G25
25
23
2.257
28
65
103
101
176
73
182
507
1430
G30
30
25
2.417
30
70
110
48
108
195
78
202
614
1800
G50
50
31
3.124
39
88
144
61
141
312
98
330
1345
4325
G60
60
34
3.464
43
96
163
67
159
394
108
419
1880
6161
G80
80
38
4.204
51
115
216
79
209
649
131
698
3571
7980
90
40
4.599
55
125
253
86
243
838
144
905
4823
8485
100
42
5.045
60
138
302
93
289
1103
161
1195
6572
9035
111
44
5.550
65
154
370
101
352
1480
182
1607
7546
9638
123
46
6.126
71
174
467
110
442
2020
210
2199
8065
10301
135
48
6.786
77
201
607
121
572
2806
249
3059
8638
11033
148
50
7.549
85
238
813
135
763
3965
305
4326
9274
11845
TABLE IX. ELASTIC MODULUS (STIFFNESS) VALUES FOR THE WECS COMPOSITE STRUCTURAL LAYERS.
4.5
Number of Donou Layers Required, NDL (No.)
Number of Donou Layers Required, NDL (No.)
4.0
Determination of Number of Donou Layers Required Based on Subgrade Resilient Modulus
FS: Factor of Safety
= 0.063(0,) + 0.864 (44)
where; ; ; = WECS Donou Foundation layer
3.5 = . . .
thickness/elastic modulus/Poissons ratio,
;
; =
,
3.0
2.5
2.0
1.5
Base Course layer thickness/elastic modulus/Poissons ratio, and , = subgrade resilient modulus, whilst denotes pavement layer.
To determine the appropriate or required base course thickness, Equation (45) can be rewritten as:
1.0
(12 )
13
0.5 = Ã— {[ ] Ã— [ ]}
(45)
(12 )
0.0
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55
Subgrade Resilient Modulus, MR,SG (MPa)
FS=1.5 FS=1.75 FS=2.0
Fig. 21. Graphical method of determining number of WECS soilbag (donou) layers required based on subgrade stiffness.
On the other hand, Figure 21. depicts the graphical method of determining the number of donou layers required based on subgrade stiffness, which is defined in terms of the resilient modulus. The main model is defined in Equation (33). An alternative countercheck model is expressed in Equation (42).
,
,
= 12.4011.000180.982 Ã— , (42)

Fulldepth structural configuration
As outlined under Section II of this paper and [6], the pavement structural configurations selected and provided within the Standard Pavement Structure Type, which define the Design Catalogues, are developed on the basis of the thicknessmodulus ratio concepts that ensure the achievement of a balanced pavement structure. In so doing, due consideration has been made to the following: i) a structurally balanced pavement is realized; ii) achievement of enhanced strength, stiffness and deformation resistance as a result of increasing the vertically stacked WECS soilbags (donou) layers; iii) influence of crosssectional layout configuration as shown in Figure 15, is taken into account; and iv) the subbase layer is wholly expunged from the pavement structural configuration as part of the VE (value engineering benefit.

Application of the thicknessmodulus ratio concept
When a pavement structure undergoes vibrational dynamic loading under heavy and/or progressively continuous traffic, it experiences prolonged residual vibrations. The intensity of such residual vibrations highly depends on the absorbent capacity of the flexible pavement, which is defined by the reciprocal balance between the stiffness (elastic modulus) of the neighbouring layers. Prolonged reverberation of such stress can have detrimental effects on the structural soundness of the pavement. The thicknessmodulus ratio concepts are employed as a geotechnical engineering means of mitigating this problem by ensuring reciprocal compensation between the thickness and the elastic modulus (stiffness) of the neighbouring layers as can be derived from the model defined in Equation (43).
Application of the thicknessmodulus ratio concepts is
particularly essential when the Donou encapsulated confinement system is applied in multiple layers due to the significant increase in stiffness. The integral part of the results applied in the development of the pavement structural configurations presented in the Design Catalogues summarized in [6].

Structural concepts adopted
A QM (QuasiMechanistic) approach is applied in deriving structural layer thickness equations used in developing Catalogues for Standard Pavement Structure Type for WECS donou (soilbag) pavement foundations. The range of the ultimate tensile strength, = . and radial (secant) stiffness at 2% strain, @2%, of the donou (soilbag) fabrics considered was:
6 . 20 .
and for ultimate tensile strength, = . and within the range indicated below for secant stiffness at 2% strain, @2%,
57 . 153 .
The standard pavement structures developed and the
applicable traffic and subgrade classes are presented in the Design Catalogues provided in the charts format in Section 5.7 and Section 5.8 of [6]. Basically, the design for the applicable class of soil and traffic is discreetly presented in a single chart. Brief comments on the peculiarities, advantages, and disadvantages of each type of pavement structural type are provided accordingly [7]. The pavement materials required for use in each chart have been indicated and referenced to the Material Specification Charts, which include a summary of construction procedures provided under Section 5.13 of Chapter 5 of the [8].

Methodology for developing standard pavement strucures The methodology of developing the standard pavement structures is summarized as follows: i) the subgrade resilient modulus (stiffness) is determined from insitu mechanical and/or geophysical tests; ii) based on the magnitude of the subgrade stiffness,the required number of donou layers is
determined from Table V and/or computed using Equation (33) and counterchecked employing Equation (42); alternatively, the nomograph presented in Figure 21 can also be adopted; iii)
3
(12 )
(12 )
13
the bearing capacity and elastic modulus (stiffness) of the
= {[ ] Ã— [ ]} = {[ ] Ã— [
]}
(43)
(12 )
(12 )
natural donou fill material is determined from the tables
On the other hand, the layer Poissons ratios, can be computed from the respective pavement layer stiffness based on the model defined in Equation (44).
provided in Appendix A4 of [6]; iv) the data and information from 1) and 2) above is then applied to derive the appropriate composite donou foundation layer stiffness from Table A410
in Appendix A4.5 of [6]; v) the appropriate composite donou
,. = [924.66() + 3624.2]
(0.68030.0322)
Ã—
foundation layer thickness is determined from the Tables provided in [6]; vi) by considering the standard overlying thickness of the gravel wearing and base courses as:
= = 125, the fulldepth pavement and discrete layer thicknesses are determined; vii) gravel loss prediction for the unpaved roads is undertaken by adopting Equations (46); and viii) selection of the most appropriate standard pavement structural configuration can now be made from the Catalogue Design Charts provided in [6]

Methodology for developing standard pavement strucures

Gravel loss prediction
Climate has a fundamental influence on road materials and performance particularly for unpaved (gravel wearing course) roads. In this regard therefore, the gravel loss prediction model considers this diversity in terms of intensity of precipitation
,
, Ã— 0, (47a) where, is the cumulative equivalent single axles,
, is the structural thickness ratio factor defined in
Equation (47b). The , factor is derived from donou layer thickness and the factored elastic modulus of the do nou fill, 0, and 0, is the elastic modulus (stiffness) factor defined in Equation (47c). Fundamentally, the 0, factor represents/describes the quality of geomaterials used for the GWC (gravel wearing course). Note that a ramification reduction factor, = 0.833 ( = 1.2) is applied on both the elastic modulus for the donou foundation and gravel wearing course geomaterials.
0,
0,
, = 2.70220.276 (47b)
and gradients. It is therefore prudent to consider, in general, two zones consisting of wet and dry defined in [9].
0,
= 3.51850.276 (47c)
0,
0,
In developing the design catalogues for gravel wearing
= +
(48)
surfaces, gravel loss prediction is performed for the unpaved
,.
,.
roads based on model Equation (46a), which should distinctly be in consideration of two (dry and wet) zones.
Pending further modification, the recommended gravel loss
G. FullDepth and base course thickness design for LVSRs
The models adopted for determining and/or counter checking the appropriate fulldepth, . and base course,
model is defined in Equation (46a) The gravel loss,
model,
.
developed by TRRL based on R&D carried out in
ya, is:
structural thicknesses as functions of subgrade stiffness
= (
= (
2
2
Ken
) [4.2 + 0.092 + 3.502 + 1.88]
(resilient modulus), cumulative traffic loading and elastic modulus of the donou fill geomaterial are provided in
where,
+50
(46a)
Equations (49) and (50), respectively. The thickness determined from these models and the thicknessmodulus ratio
: Gravel loss in mm; : Constant depending on type of gravel; for Kenyan gravel; = 1.29 for lateritic gravel; = 1.51 for quartztic gravel; = 0.96 for volcanic gravel; and = 1.38 for coral gravel; : Annual traffic in both directions measured in thousands of vehicles;
models defined in Equations (43) ~ (45) are employed in generating the pavement structural configurations presented in the Design Catalogues in [6].
=
=
.
,
[2786.4(0.557)(0.0535(,N)0.0591) Ã—
: Annual average rainfall in measured in metres; :
,
,N
,
Gradient (rise and fall) expressed in percentage of m/km;
: Correction factor correlating to actual measurements defined in Equation (46b).
= 0.149772 + 0.21884 + 0.009978 (46b) where, = elapsed postconstruction time or regravelling intervening periods.

Gravel Wearing Course (GWC) thickness design
The required gravel wearing course thickness shall
, Ã— 0,] , (49a)
where, , and , are factors that account for thicknessmodulus ratios of low volume sealed roads defined in Equation (49b) and Equation (49c), , is the resilient modulus of the natural (native) subgrade prior to improvement,
, is the cumulative traffic loading defined in terms of ESALs (equivalent single axles) and , is the structural thickness ratio factor of the donou fill geomaterial. The , factor is derived from Equation (49b), whilst 0, is the
constitute of the structural,
[Equations (47)] and gravelfactored elastic modulus (stiffness) factor defined in Equation
,.
loss, portions, yielding the total gravel thickness [10],
,., as defined in Equation (48).
Essentially, the GWC thickness shall be derived as follows.

Determine the minimum structural thickness
(49d). Fundamentally, the 0, factor represents/describes the quality of geomaterials used for the BC (base course). Note that a ramification reduction factor, = 0.833 ( = 1.2) is applied on the elastic modulus for the base course.
,
,
necessary to avoid excessive compressive strain in the subgrade [11], ,. from the Catalogue
,
= 357761.193 (49b)
Design Charts or by applying Equation (47).

Determine the extra thickness needed to compensate for the gravel loss, , during the design life or period
,
= 3221121.343 (49c)
,
,
= 3.70450.276 (49d)
between regravelling from model Equation (46a).
0,
0,

Determine the total gravel thickness required by addition of the above two thicknesses [11] as depicted in Equation (48).


The optimum base course layer thickness, . is, on the
other hand, determined from the model defined in Equation (50).
. = 2.7[0.336 Ã— .]0.9426 Ã— {[1.3685 Ã— 1052
,
[3.3Ã—1082 +2Ã—105+0.3409] 10.008 + 6.6505] Ã— ,
}
(50)

POSSIBLE FUNCTIONS AND ATTESTED APPLICATIONS
The Possible functions and attested applications are introduced [5]. The possible functions, depending on the quality, type and properties of the donou fill geomaterials, may include: i) Separation: the prevention from intermixing of adjacent issimilar soils and or materials; ii) Filtration: the retaining of soil or other particles subject to hydrodynamic forces while allowing the passage of fluids into or through the soilbag; iii) Drainage: the collecting and transmitting of precipitation, ground water and or other liquids or gases along the plane of the soilbag; iv) Reinforcement: the use of the properties of a soilbag to imprve the mechanical properties of soil or other construction materials; v) Barrier: the prevention or reduction of the movement of any fluid through a construction by the use of a soilbag barrier; vi) Protection: the use of a soilbag material as a localised stress reduction or dissipation layer to prevent or reduce damage to a given surface, material or layer; vii) Surface erosion control: the use of a soilbag to prevent soil or other particle movements on the surface of a slope; viii) Stabilization: improvement of the mechanical behaviour of an unbound granular material by including one or more soilbag layers such that deformation under applied loads is reduced by minimizing movement of the unbound granular material.
Attested applications of the WECS include: i) reinforcement of road subgrades/foundations; ii) reinforcement of building foundations (see Figure 15); iii) reinforcement of railway foundations; iv) construction of retaining walls; v) construction of embankments; vi) piling; vii) reduction in settlement; and viii) reduction in vibrations/noise.
In Kenya, WECS was initially introduced as a labour based Donou (soilbags) technology. Below are the advantages of the WECS including Donou that make it unique as a useful technology [2]: i) does not involve use of any cement or chemical agents thus it is environmentfriendly; ii) no special construction equipment is needed; iii) the materials inside soil bags may be any construction wastes such as concrete, asphalt, tire and tile wastes as well as granular remains after garbage treatment; iv) thus soil bags can also contribute to the recycle of waste materials; v) the soil bag itself has a high compressive strength; vi) it has an effect of reducing traffic or machine induced vibration; implicitly/retrospectively, it may also have the inherent propensity to reduce earthquake vibration; vii) it has an effect of preventing heave if course granular are filled in the bags; viii) as demonstrated in Figure waterlogged soft ground may also be effectively reinforced.
A typical cross section for WECS (donou) rut improvement is shown in Figure 22.
Fig. 22. Typical WECS Donou cross sections for improvement of ruts.
Condition of the road: Water Logged Subgrade
Before
After
Condition of the road: Problematic (Expansive) Black Cotton Soil Subgrade
Before
After
Fig. 23. Application of the WECS soilbag (donou) technology for the construction of the roads constructed within: a) water logged sections; and b) problematic(expansive) black cotton soils
Fig. 24. Application of the Donou WECS technology for improvement of building foundations (Matsuoka and Liu, 2003).

CONCLUSIONS
In this paper, it has been demonstrated that the proposed analytical models equipped with a variety of application modules are unique functional and effectively applicable for the design of wholly encapsulated confinement systems (WECS) comprising of polymeric soilbags (donou). Application of the proposed models has also been practically manifested through graphical examples for the characterization of the influence factors and material properties as well generation of imperative design parameters. The design characteristic curves and parametric values generated based on the application of these models distinctly confirm the validity, lucidity and rationality of the proposed analytical models.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The author wishes to acknowledge, with utmost gratitude, the Materials Testing & Research Department, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development in Kenya, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Community Road Empowerment (CORE), the Japan International Cooperation Agency as well as the Research Teams of Kensetsu Kaihatsu Engineering Consultants Limited and the Kenya Geotechnical Society (KGS) for their relentless efforts in providing the due assistance that culminated in the successful compilation of this paper.
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