Framework for design guideline for expanded polystyrene block geofoam in slope stabilization and repair

David Arellano, John Benjamin Tatum, Timothy D. Stark, John S. Horvath, Dov Leshchinsky

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This paper presents the framework for the interim design guideline for the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) block geofoam for slope stabilization and repair, based on the findings of the NCHRP Project 24-11(02) Phase I study. The overall objective of this research is to develop a design guideline as well as an appropriate material and construction standard for the use of EPS block geofoam for the function of lightweight fill in slope stability applications. The recommended design methodology included in the framework is based on an assessment of the existing technology and literature. The Phase II work will refine the interim design guideline framework and address some uncertainties in the current state of the practice of analyzing various failure mechanisms included in the design procedure. The completed research will consist of the following five primary research products: (a) a summary of the relevant engineering properties, (b) a comprehensive design guideline, (c) a material and construction standard, (d) economic data, and (e) a detailed numerical example. No formal design guidelines on the use of any type of lightweight fill for slope stabilization by reducing the driving forces are available. Therefore, the proposed interim design guideline for EPS block geofoam can serve as a blueprint for the use of other types of lightweight fills in slope stability applications. The NCHRP Project 24-11(01) and the Project 24-11(02) Phase I research confirmed that EPS block geofoam is a unique lightweight fill material and can provide a safe and economical solution for slope stabilization and repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-108
Number of pages9
JournalTransportation Research Record
Issue number2170
StatePublished - Jan 12 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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