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College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver
 

Research

Geosynthetics


 

Overview

The following research in geosynthetics has been recognized as pioneering:

  • pre-loading and pre-stressing techniques for GRS walls and bridge abutments.
  • confined load-deformation test method of geosynthetics.
  • long-term creep characteristics of geosynthetics and GRS mass.
  • full-scale experiments of GRS walls, slopes, and bridge abutments.
  • soil-geosynthetic interactive performance (SGIP) test, the only test method capable of investigating soil-geosynthetic interactive behavior in GRS structures.
  • CTI design method for GRS walls, one of the four most popular design methods for design of GRS walls.
  • design and construction guidelines for GRS bridge abutments, developed under the sponsorship of the National Academy of Science.

Projects

Sponsored Research Projects:

  • “Seismic Design and Construction Guidelines for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil bridge Abutments with Modular Block Facing,” sponsored by the National Academies, 12/20/07 to 11/19/10.
  • “Developing Design and Construction Guidelines for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Walls and Abutments, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 6/1/07 to 5/31/09.
  • “Guidelines for Design and Construction of Segmental Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Bridge Abutments,” sponsored by NCHRP, National Academy of Science, 11/1/00 to 12/31/04.
  • “Backfill of Earth Retaining Walls: Design Parameters and Construction Guidelines of MSE Walls,” sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 10/1/00 to 5/31/02.
  • “Large-Size Consolidated Drained Triaxial Tests for the Backfill of Berthoud Pass GRS Retaining Walls," sponsored by Yenter Co., 10/1/00 to 11/31/00.
  • “Predicting Performance of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls with a Soil-Geosynthetic Interactive Performance Test, " sponsored by the University of Colorado at Denver, 7/1/99 to 6/30/00.
  • “Research Synthesis and HITEC Application for a Generic Geofabric-Reinforced Block-Faced Retaining Wall System, " sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 5/11/99 to 3/31/01.
  • “Research Synthesis and HITEC Application for a Generic Geofabric-Reinforced Block-Faced Retaining Wall System, " sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 5/11/99 to 1/31/01.
  • “Backfill of Earth Retaining Walls: Design Parameters and Construction Guidelines,” sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 12/1/98 to 5/31/00.
  • “Large-Size Consolidated Drained Triaxial Tests and Modeling Parameters for the Backfill of Founders/ Meadow GRS Bridge Abutment," sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 5/1/99 to 5/31/99.
  • “Monitoring Performance of Founders/ Meadow GRS Bridge Abutment and Removal of Havana Yard GRS Structures," sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 3/1/99 to 6/31/99.
  • “Strain Gage Instrumentation of a Full-Scale GRS Bridge,” sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 6/1/99 to 7/31/00.
  • “Predicting Performance of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls with a Soil-Geosynthetic Interactive Performance Test," sponsored by the University of Colorado at Denver, 7/1/99 to 6/30/00.
  • “Performance Tests for Reinforced Soils,” sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 8/1/98 to 1/31/00, Principal Investigator .
  • “Renovation of a Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Bridge Pier Suffered from Excessive Settlement,” sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 6/1/98 to 5/31/99.
  • “A Synthesis on Performance of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Bridge Piers and Abutments,” sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 8/1/98 to 1/31/00.
  • “Investigating Failure of a Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Retaining Wall in Black Hawk, Colorado,” sponsored by Yenter Company, 12/1/98 to 6/30/99.
  • "Evaluating Performance and Design Assumptions of the MSE Wall on the 38th & Fox at Interstate Highway 25,” sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 8/15/97 to 12/31/99.
  • “A Synthesis on Performance of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Bridge Piers and Abutments,” sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 8/1/98 to 1/31/00.
  • “Backfill of Earth Retaining Walls: Design Parameters and Construction Guidelines,” sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 12/1/98 to 5/31/00.
  • “Renovation of a Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Bridge Pier Suffered from Excessive Settlement,” sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 6/1/98 to 5/31/99.
  • “Performance Tests for Reinforced Soils,” sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 8/1/98 to 1/31/00.
  • “A Synthesis on Performance of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Bridge Piers and Abutments,” sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 8/1/98 to 1/31/00.
  • “Investigating Failure of a Geosynthetic-reinforced Soil Retaining Wall in Black Hawk, Colorado,” sponsored by Yenter Company, 12/1/98 to 6/30/99.
  • "Evaluating Performance and Design Assumptions of the MSE Wall on the 38th & Fox at Interstate Highway 25,” sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 8/15/97 to 7/31/98.
  • "Loading Test of a New Plastic Conduit Embedded in Soil,” sponsored by Collins Group, 12/1/97 to 2/28/98.
  • “Instrumentation and Performance Analysis of Two Prestrained GRS Bridge Abutments in Black Hawk, Colorado,” sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 9/1/97 to 2/28/98.
  • “Consolidation Drained Triaxial Tests for Crushed Diabase Material used as Fill for the GRS Experiments at T-FHRC,” sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 9/1/97 to 2/28/98.
  • "Effects of Reinforcement Strength and Spacing on Performance of GRS Walls," Sponsored by Amoco Fabrics and Fibers Co., 5/1/95 to 4/30/97.
  • "Load Test of a Full-Scale Mechanically Stabilized Backfill Bridge Pier," Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, 11/1/95 to 9/30/96.
  • "Soil-Geosynthetic Interactive Creep Behavior at Elevated temperatures," Sponsored by the Colorado Transportation Institute, 6/1/95 to 3/1/96.
  • "Evaluating Long-Term Deformation of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls in the Field," Sponsored by the Colorado Transportation Institute, 6/1/95 to 3/1/96.
  • "Effects of Reinforcement Strength and Spacing on Performance of GRS Walls," Sponsored by Amoco Fabrics and Fibers Co., 5/1/95 to 4/30/97.
  • "Monitoring Performance of a 70-ft High Stacked Tire-Shred Retaining Wall in Glenwood Canyon," Sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 6/1/95 to 3/1/96.
  • "Recycling Waste Shredded Tires as Backfill for Retaining Walls," Sponsored by the University of Colorado at Denver, 7/1/95 to 6/30/96.
  • "Stacked Tire Shred Mechanically Stabilized Backfill Walls," Sponsored by Colorado Transportation Institute, 10/1/94 to 9/30/95.
  • "Design, Construction and Specifications of Mechanically Stabilized Backfill Walls," Sponsored by Colorado Transportation Institute, 10/1/94 to 9/30/95.
  • "The Deep Patch Technique for Repair of Skin Flow Landslide," Sponsored by Colorado Transportation Institute, 10/1/94 to 9/30/95.
  • "Long-Term Creep Susceptibility of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures: Test Protocols and Backfill Selection Guidelines," Sponsored by Colorado Transportation Institute, 8/1/95 to 7/31/96.
  • "Stacked Tire Shred Mechanically Stabilized Backfill walls," Sponsored by Colorado Transportation Institute, 10/1/94 to 9/30/95.
  • "Design, Construction and Specifications of Mechanically Stabilized Backfill Walls," Sponsored by Colorado Transportation Institute, 10/1/94 to 9/30/95.
  • "Design and Construction Guidelines for Low-Cost Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Walls," submitted to the U. S. Forest Service, 7/1/93 to 10/30/93.
  • "Long-Term Creep of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures with Low Quality Backfills," Research Council, University of Colorado at Denver, 7/1/93 to 6/30/94.
  • "Performance of Mechanically Stabilized Backfill Walls," Sponsored by Colorado Transportation Institute, 3/1/93 to 8/31/93.
  • "Developing a Comprehensive Design Tool for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls and Steep Slopes," Sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 7/31/92 to 2/1/93.
  • "Computerizing the CDOT Wall Selection Procedure," Sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation, 11/1/92 to 10/31/93.
  • "Design and Construction of Geofabric Walls with Clayey Backfills," Sponsored by the Colorado Department of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration, 3/1/91 to 2/28/93.
  • "Loading Tests of Two 10 ft-High Geotextile-Reinforced Retaining Walls," Sponsored by Retention Engineering, Inc., 3/1/91 to 8/31/91.
  • "Deformation Limit Design of Geofabric Walls," Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and Colorado Department of Highways, 11/1/91 to 10/31/92, Principal Investigator.
  • "Transmissivity of Geosynthetics for Drainage of Leachates in Hazardous Waste landfills," Sponsored by the University of Colorado at Denver, 7/1/91 to 6/30/92.
  • "Loading Tests of Two 10 ft-High Geotextile-Reinforced Earth Walls," Jointly sponsored by ReeMay Inc and Exxon Chemical Co., 3/1/91 to 8/31/91.
  • "Deformation Limit Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Retaining Walls," Sponsored by the National Research Council, Republic of China, 2/1/90 to 8/31/90.
  • "Loading Test of an Instrumented Geotextile Wall Using A Head-Bonded, Nonwoven Geotextile," Sponsored by Reemay Inc., 10/1/89 to 12/31/89.
  • "Geosynthetics for Earth Reinforcement and Field Performance of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Walls," Sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 5/1/89 to 1/31/90.
  • "Long-Term Creep of Geotextiles in the Confinement of Soils," Sponsored by Colorado Department of Highways and Federal Highway Adm­inistration, 12/1/87 to 12/1/89.
  • "Rational Design of Geotextile Reinforced Retaining Walls," Sponsored by Colorado Department of Highways and Federal Highway Administration, 10/1/87 to 10/1/89.
  • "Evaluation of Geotextile versus Geogrid for Reinforced Embankment over Soft Soils," sponsored by Colorado Department of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration, 7/1/87 to 1/30/89.
  • "Long-Term Creep of Fabric-Reinforced Soils," sponsored by Colorado Department of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration, 12/10/85 to 12/5/86.

Faculty Information

Jonathan T. H. Wu, Professor
Geotechnical Engineering
E-mail: jonathan.wu@ucdenver.edu
Phone: 303-556-8585
Office: North Classroom 3018-B and North Classroom 1805-G

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering from the National Taiwan University
  • MS in Geotechnical Engineering from Virginia Technical Institute
  • PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from Purdue University

C.V.

Laboratory

The Geotechnical and Structural Lab is used for conducting basic element tests, reduced-scale model tests and full-scale experiments of unreinforced soil mass and reinforced soil mass.

Related Courses

Graduate Courses:

  • CVEN 5708 Advanced Soils Engineering
  • CVEN 5718 Engineering Properties of Soils
  • CVEN 58xx Special Topic: Stability Analysis of Earth Structures
  • CVEN 5719 Design and Construction of GRS Structures
  • CVEN 5709 Settlement Analysis
  • CVEN 5728 Groundwater and Seepage
  • CVEN 5738 Foundation Engineering
  • CVEN 6738 Finite Element Methods in Geotechnical Engineering

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