Watch Lecture on ISSMGE Virtual University (Chapter 5 - Part of Geosynthetics Course)
Geosynthetics have been extensively used to fulfill many functions in multiple roadway applications. Geotextiles (woven and non-woven), geogrids (biaxial and multiaxial), and geocells are among the several geosynthetic products that have been successfully adopted to fulfill the functions of separation, filtration, reinforcement, stiffening, infiltration barrier, and drainage. Geosynthetics have been used in roadway applications such as mitigation of reflective cracking in structural asphalt overlays, stabilization of unbound aggregate layers, reduction of layer intermixing, reduction of moisture in structural layers, stabilization of soft subgrades, and mitigation of distress induced by shrink/swell subgrades. This presentation provides a framework to categorize the multiple objectives, functions, and mechanisms involved in the different roadway applications. It also highlights the significant benefits to roadway performance that can be brought with the use of geosynthetics in their design.
Jorge G. Zornberg, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Brunswick-Abernathy Regents Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Prof. Zornberg has over 30 years experience in practice and research in geotechnical and geosynthetics engineering. His research focuses on transportation geotechnics, geosynthetics, unsaturated soils, expansive clays and environmental geotechnics. He served as president of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). He has authored over 450 technical publications, written several book chapters, and been awarded three patents. Prof. Zornberg received numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awarded by the President of the United States. The IGS recently established the Zornberg Lecture Award in recognition of his contributions to the geosynthetics discipline.