|Title of Invention||
"AN ELONGATE STABILISING STRIP FOR USE IN STABILISED EARTH STRUCTURES, A STABILISED EARTH STRUCTURE"
|Abstract||The invention provides a strip 1 for use in a stabilised earth structure which has a tensile portion in the form of an elongate core 2, and friction wings 4 for frictional engagement with the earth in which the strip is to be located. The friction wings 4 may be provided with ribs 5 in order to increase frictional interaction with the earth. The core 2 may be made out of e.g. steel or polymer and the friction wings may be made of e.g. plastics. Alternatively, the entire strip may be made of a single piece of material with a thickened region providing the core 2 and thinner regions providing the friction wings 4.|
|Full Text||The present invention relates to an elongate stabilising strip for use in stabilised earth structures and a stabilised earth structure stabilised by elongate stabilising strips.
A stabilised earth structure is one in which stabilising elements, such as elongate strips, are combined with backfill, such as earth, in order to form a composite material. The strips extend rearwardly from a facing into the backfill and are horizontally and vertically spaced from each other. Such structures are commonly employed to provide retaining walls and abutments for bridges. They are known from, for example, GB-A-1 069 361.
In the vast majority of cases, the stabilising elements are provided in the form of strips having a length of between about 3 and 10m, although shorter strips and occasionally longer ones of up to about 20m may be used. The width of the strips is generally between 4 and 6 cm although it is known to use strips of up to 10 or 25 cm in width. Their thickness ranges from about 1 mm to a few centimetres and is generally in the range of 1 to 6 mm.
The purpose of the stabilising strips is to transmit forces within the earth mass and to distribute stresses. In particular, it' j^s firstly necessary to transmit forces between a strip and the backfill in . which it is placed and therefore the strip must have a sufficiently large surface area to develop through friction the required shear resistance per unit length. In order to increase the shear resistance, the width of the strip must be increased. The surfaces of the strip may also be provided with laterally extending ribs to increase the frictional interaction with the earth, as is known from GB-A-1 563 (Indian Patent Specification 146436)
Secondly, the strips must be capable of
transmitting forces along their length and therefore it is necessary that they have a high tensile strength.
As well as these two main functions which are fundamental to the basic operation of the stabilised earth structure, various other characteristics are also highly desirable. A reinforcing strip should be able to flex in a vertical plane in order to accommodate soil deformation, such as settlement or shrinkage, without being damaged; the strip should have a high breaking strain, to give good elongation before it breaks,- and the strip should also be durable, having a slow and predictable rate of degradation with time, even in an aggressive backfill environment. When steel strips are used, these requirements generally make it necessary to use strips of at least 4 or 5 mm in thickness in order to provide the necessary strength, bearing in mind the effects of degradation over time. When this thickness is combined with the width of the strip which is required in order to provide sufficient frictional interaction with the earth, the result is a technical over-design in terms of the tensile capacity of the strip, particularly for low structures and the upper part of higher structures. It will be appreciated therefore that strips having a high weight per unit length are employed, such that the strips are heavy to transport and install, as well as expensive.
The invention provides a strip for use in stabilised earth structures, comprising a longitudinally extending tensile portion for resisting tensile force, and a lateral portion which projects laterally of the tensile portion for frictional engagement with earth.
Thus, the tensile portion can be designed or selected in accordance with the required tensile resistance of the strip, whilst the lateral portion can be separately designed or selected in accordance with the required frictional engagementforcen to be mobilised. Therefore the strip may be designed to
optimise its performance in both of these respects whilst providing a more economical use of the material or materials from which the strip is made.
It will be appreciated that the tensile portion will generally extend across only part of the width of the strip, for example less than half or less than one third. Preferably the tensile portion extends across about one quarter of the width of the strip, and possibly one tenth. The lateral portion will then project laterally across the remaining part of the width. Thus, in general, the extent of lateral projection of the lateral portion will be substantially greater than the thickness of the strip.
In practice, the surfaces of the strip immediately above and below the tensile portion will be in contact with the earth above and below and will thus make a greater or lesser contribution to the frictional engagement with the earth, depending on the size and profile of these surfaces. This will be in addition to the frictional capacity of the lateral portion. Moreover, the lateral portion may make a contribution to the tensile resistance of the strip.
However, as the function of transmitting the stresses within the structure along the length of the strip is primarily carried out by the tensile portion of the strip, only this portion need be strong enough to carry the tensile loads. Therefore, there is no need for the lateral portion to have a high tensile strength and so in order to save materials it is preferred that the tensile portion has a higher total tensile strength than the lateral portion.
In a typical example, a 6m length strip may be subject to a maximum tensile load of 15 to 20kN. Assuming a maximum tensile force of 16kN and a cross -sectional area of the tensile portion of 80mm2, there will be a tensile stress of 200MN/m2. The maximum shear stress resulting from the transmission of frictional
forces from the lateral portion to the tensile portion may typically be about 1MN/m2. Hence, although the two stresses are not directly comparable since one is a tensile stress and the other one a shear stress, the stress which will have to be sustained by the tensile portion is about two orders of magnitude larger than the stress that will have to be sustained by the lateral portion.
This explains why considerable savings may be obtained by separating the two functions of tensional and frictional capacity, for example by using two different materials, or two different thicknesses, or a combination of both, or the same materials and thicknesses and with the lateral portion including perforations.
The tensile portion and the lateral portion may thus be of the same thickness, if the tensile portion is made from a stronger material than the lateral portion, or if the portions are of the same material but the lateral portion includes perforations.
Preferably, however, the tensile portion is thicker than the lateral portion. The minimum thickness to provide the necessary tensile strength is only required in the tensile portion and therefore the lateral portion may be made much thinner because the stresses acting upon it are comparatively low. In fact, even if a localised area, for example a few square centimetres, of the lateral portion were to disappear through degradation, this would not significantly impair the stability of the structure. Thus the cross-sectional shape of the lateral portion is in theory ideally a wide and thin section, but for practical purposes may be other shapes where the ratio of its perimeter/cross-sectional area is large. Preferred shapes are a thin rectangle or two or more thin rectangles.
A thicker tensile portion is generally preferred, in order to provide a low ratio of its perimeter/cross-
sectional area. This decreases the contact with the environment for any given cross-sectional area of the tensile portion. Consequently the section of the tensile portion is in theory ideally circular, but for practical purposes may be circular, oval, square, rectangular or other shapes where the perimeter/cross-sectional area ratio is small.
The preferred requirement that the tensile portion is thicker than the lateral portion will generally apply along the full length of the strip. However, it may be appropriate in certain circumstances to provide regions where the tensile portion is thinner than it is in the remainder of the strip, for example, at the end of the strip furthest from the facing where the tensile forces are lowest.
If different materials are used for the lateral portion and the tensile portion, they may have substantially different properties. For example the tensile portion could be formed of a strong material such as steel or polymer yarns or drawn bulk polymer and the lateral portion may be made of a material which may not be mechanically very resistant but is resistant to degradation such as some plastics materials like polyethylene or polypropylene. The use of plastics to provide the lateral portion is also advantageous because these materials are lightweight and easy to form with appropriate surface texture, perforations etc.
The tensile and lateral portions of the strip may be provided in different ways depending upon the profile chosen for the strip and the choice of materials. For example, the lateral portion may project laterally on one side only of the strip. Preferably however the tensile portion is a core from which lateral portions project laterally on both sides. Thus, the lateral portions may be in the form of friction wings extending on opposite sides of the core.
Alternatively, the tensile portion may comprise a
plurality of cores interconnected by the lateral portion. For example, two cores may be provided. Thus, the tensile loading could be divided between the two cores and these cores may be connected together by the lateral portion, which may also have wings at the sides of the. strip.
It is possible that the strip could be formed with a smooth outer surface and the fractional interengage-ment with the earth could then be provided simply by having a sufficiently large surface area for the lateral portion. However, it is preferred that the lateral portion be provided with a surface which has been adapted to resist longitudinal motion through the earth. Therefore, preferably, the lateral portion is provided with ribs and/or corrugations and/or perforations to improve the frictional interaction with the earth. Corrugations, ribs or a rough surface may be obtained by pressing the strip into hot or cold dies, or by gluing, pasting or welding to the strip a corrugated/ribbed/ rough coating. The various means for improving frictional interaction may if desired be provided across the surfaces of the strip above and below the tensile portion, and not just on the lateral portion.
In general, the lateral portion will extend longitudinally of the strip, preferably continuously but if short breaks are provided at longitudinal intervals this may not significantly affect its performance. Any such breaks will normally be shorter than the remaining lengths of the lateral portion.
The tensile portion of the strip may typically have a cross-sectional area in the range from about 15-400mm2, for example about lOOmm2. A tensile portion of circular cross-section may have a diameter of about 5-16mm and more usually about 8-12mm, whilst a tensile portion of rectangular cross-section may have a width of about 15-30mm and a thickness of about 4-15mm but more usually about 5-8mm. The total strip width may be about 20-80mm
and more usually about 40-70mm. The thickness of the lateral portion may be about l-5mm or l-3mm, plus l-3mm ribs if these are provided. The ratio of the tensile portion thickness/lateral portion thickness may typically be in the range 2-4. The above figures are merely, examples and other dimensions may be desired or required in certain circumstances, for example with very short or very long strips. The figures given are also particularly applicable to substantially all steel strips or strips with a steel tension portion and a plastics lateral portion, although in practice they may also apply to other forms of strip, such as polymer/plastics strips.
The strips may be designed to be impermeable to water. However, in some circumstances it may be useful to provide a strip which permits entry of water thereto and longitudinal transport of water therealong. Because water can flow into such a strip and then along it, the strip may be used to drain the backfill within which it is located, reducing the pore water pressure. For example, water may be transported to the front of an earth structure and allowed to drain away. By removing water, the adherence between the strip and the backfill material is increased and so, for a given number or surface area of stabilising members, a lower quality, less well draining backfill material may be used. Thus, these strips may be employed in areas where the available backfill material is, for example, clay, without the need to incur the expense of transporting better quality backfill material from elsewhere. The drainage property of the strip also speeds up consolidation of the backfill.
The transport of water from the inside of a structure to the surface is also advantageous when the facing includes vegetation growth and conditions are dry, since water can be transferred to the vegetation.
Various methods may be used to secure the strip to
the facing of a stabilised earth structure. The strip may have at one end an integral pad adapted to have formed therethrough an aperture suitable to receive fastening means, such as a vertical pin or bolt, to locate the strip in a stabilised earth structure, the thickness of the pad being greater than the thickness of the lateral portion. The pad may be thicker than the tensile portion or it may be more convenient for it to have the same thickness. In one example, the cross-sectional shape of the pad is rectangular, whereby the pad has a uniform thickness across its width. In another example, when viewed in cross-section, the pad has a thick central region and a thinner lateral region on each side thereof, both the central and the lateral regions being thicker than the lateral portion elsewhere in the strip. Typically, the pad is 40-100mm in length. The pad may be formed by various means such as by hot forging, but preferably the strip is rolled to include thickened pads at longitudinal intervals, as is known from GB-A-2 177 140. The strip is then cut so that one of the pads is located at an end of the strip and can be formed with a vertical hole for receiving a pin for connection to the facing. In the case of the composite strips, the pad will normally be formed integrally with the tensile portion thereof.
In a stabilised earth structure the facing is designed to take the local loads exerted by the adjacent backfill. If the strips are widely spaced from each other, a stronger facing is required to resist backfill pressure; in other words, the required strength of the facing is directly dependent on the strip spacing. As discussed above in relation to known strips, there is a lower limit to the strip thickness to allow for degradation and there is a lower limit to the strip width to ensure adequate frictional interaction with the earth, with the result of a practical lower limit to the strength of the strip. In existing structures this has
led, for reasons for economy, to a relatively small number of strong strips at wide spacings and to the requirement for a rather strong facing. Another advantage of the strip of the present invention is that the minimum strength of the strip can be decreased leading to a less strong and less expensive facing.
The present invention also extends to a stabilised earth structure comprising stabilising strips as set out herein. Such a structure can benefit both from
economical strips and an economical facing.
* There are two main classes of manufacturing methods
by which strips according to the invention may be made. First, the strip may be made from a single type of material. Second, a plurality of materials may be combined.
In the first case, separate pieces of the same material may be glued, welded, or joined together by other means. Preferably, however, the strip is made from a single piece of material formed into an appropriate shape, for example by casting. A preferred method of making a stabilising strip comprises rolling a blank to form the strip.
The strip may be rolled in a single stage, or, alternatively, a first rolling stage may provide the general outline and then a further stage may add ribs, corrugations or perforations as appropriate. Thus, for example, the method may further comprise the step of cutting apertures in the lateral portion.
In the. second case, the lateral portion could be attached to the tensile portion in a number of ways, ouch as by welding or by the use of clamps, bolts, adhesives, etc. However, it is particularly preferred that the tensile portion be surrounded by the material which forms the lateral portion. By encasing the tensile portion in this way it may be protected from corrosion by the material which also forms the lateral portion, as well as providing a strong connection
between the portions.
In order to improve adherence between the lateral portion and the tensile portion, the tensile portion may be provided with ribs or the like.
The material forming the lateral portion may be moulded around the tensile portion or, alternatively, it may be provided in two separate parts which are brought together with the tensile portion sandwiched therebetween. The parts may be glued, hot welded (e.g. by a pair of press and weld cylinders), hypersonically or ultrasonically welded or attached by other appropriate means.
Thus the present invention provides an elongate stabilising strip for use in stabilised earth structures, comprising one or more longitudinally extending tensile portions for resisting tensile force, having lateral portions which project laterally from opposite sides of the tensile portion for frictional engagement with earth, wherein the tensile portion is thicker than the lateral portions.
The invention also relates to a stabilised earth structure comprising the above-mentioned stabilising strips.
Certain preferred embodiments of the invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying schematic drawings:-
Figure 1 is a perspective view of a first embodiment of the invention;
Figure 2 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of the invention;
Figure 3 is a perspective view of a third embodiment of the invention;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of a fourth embodiment of the invention;
Figure 5 is a perspective view of a fifth embodiment of the invention;
Figure 6 is a perspective view of a sixth embodiment of the invention;
Figure 7 is a perspective view of an apparatus for producing strips according to the invention, wherein material forming the lateral portion is moulded around the tensile portion,-
Figure 8 is a perspective view of an alternative apparatus for producing strips according to the invention wherein the material forming the lateral portion is moulded around the tensile portion;
Figure 9 is a perspective view of an apparatus for producing strips according to the invention wherein the
tensile portion is sandwiched between the parts forming the lateral portion;
Figure 10 is an apparatus for producing strips according to the invention using a pair of rollers;
Figure 11 is an apparatus for producing strips according to the invention using rollers and incorporating a perforating stage;
Figure 12 is a perspective view of a seventh embodiment of the invention; and
Figure 13 is a schematic view of one end of the strip of Figure 13.
Turning first to Figure 1 there is illustrated a strip 1 for use in a stabilised earth structure which has a tensile portion in the form of a steel core 2. This is surrounded by a casing 3 which has a pair of laterally projecting portions in the form of friction wings 4. At the tip of each wing 4 a thickened bead 6 is provided. In order to assist in the engagement of the friction wings with soil, the wings are provided with small vertically projecting ribs 5, provided alternately on the top and bottom faces of the strip (the bottom ribs not being shown).
The core 2 may be made out of a steel bar which may have a smooth surface, or be sanded, gritted or otherwise roughened or deformed to enhance adherence to the friction wings. Thus a deformed or high adherence reinforcing bar of the type normally used to reinforce concrete may be used, or a smooth reinforcing bar may be used. The core may alternatively be made of other materials such as stainless steel or aluminium alloys.
The casing 3 may be made of a polymer material such as polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC etc. This may be treated to resist UV light by the addition of carbon black and its strength may be increased by the addition of glass fibre. Other additives such as talc may be used to enhance durability or resistance to impact.
The diameter of the core 2 may be anything from a
few millimetres to a few centimetres but is usually in the range 5-15mm. In the example of Figure 1, the diameter is 10mm. The thickness of the friction wings is 3mm, the diameter of the beads 6 is 5mm, and the height of the ribs 5 is 2mm.
A similar structure may be employed when a core of polymer is used. Such a strip 1 is illustrated in Figure 2. In this figure the core 2 is somewhat flatter in profile than that of Figure 1 and therefore the casing 3 is shaped accordingly. It will be noted that in this embodiment the ribs 5 extend most of the way across the width of the strip 3 and therefore extend above and below the core 2 as well as on the friction wings 4. The core 2 may consist of a tension resistant polymer in its bulk form, in drawn members, or in jointed yarns.
Figure 3 illustrates a third type of strip 1, in which two steel cores 2 are provided, each formed from a reinforcing bar. These are laterally spaced and interconnected by the casing 3 which has two small friction wings 4 on opposite lateral sides of the strip and a larger central interconnecting part 26 between the two cores. Ribs 5 are provided on all three parts of the casing 3 although because of its larger size, larger ribs are formed on the central part 26.
Figures 4 to 6 illustrate embodiments of the invention which are made from a single type of material. Figure 4 illustrates a strip 1 which is the fourth embodiment of the invention. This has a thick core 2 which extends along the centre and has thinner laterally projecting portions on each side which form friction wings 4. Ribs 5 project at intervals from the wings.
Figures 5 and 6 illustrate the fifth and sixth embodiments of the invention respectively, which are similar to the fourth embodiment, except for the method in which the frictional engagement with the earth is increased. The embodiment of Figure 5, rather than
having ribs projecting from its friction wings 4, instead has perforations 57 for assisting frictional interaction with the earth. The perforations 57 are formed by cutting slots at intervals along the friction wings and opening the slots. Thus, the lateral edges of the wings have projections 58 and recesses 59 caused by this action. These further assist in engagement with the earth. In Figure 6 the friction wings 4 have corrugations 60; in other words they are rippled up and down with a respect to the core 2.
A seventh embodiment 610 is shown in Figure 12. This strip has an outer covering 611 of perforated PVC which surrounds a plastics water transmitting portion 612 and two cores 615. The outer covering 611 is provided with small perforations (not shown) to allow the ingress of water as will be explained below. It is further provided with moulded ribs 612 to improve the engagement of the strip with backfill material.
The water transmitting portion 612 is a wafer like member of plastics material which has channels 613 along its length in order to allow water to be transmitted along the strip. Communicating with the channels are openings 614 to enable water to flow into the channels. Thus, in use, water in the backfill material, which will be under pressure, will be forced through the perforations in the outer covering into the openings 614 and will then be able to flow along channels 613 towards the ends of the strip.
The cores 615 provide the strip of the present embodiment with the necessary tensile strength to enable it to transmit forces along its length. Each core 615 comprises a sheath 616 which holds a bundle of filaments 618 which may be wires or polymer fibres. The latter are preferably used because they will not be corroded if water penetrates the sheath 616.
Figure 13 illustrates a way of providing a connection to the stabilising strip 610 of Figure 12.
This is achieved by allowing parts of the cores 615 to project from one end of the strip where they are connected together to form a loop 617. This loop may be connected around a suitable device attached to a facing element. As an alternative to connecting the two cores together, a continual core may be used which forms both cores 615 and the loop 617 without the need for a joint.
Figure 7 illustrates an apparatus 100 which is particularly suitable for producing strips of the first embodiment. A coil of reinforcing bar steel 102 is provided adjacent to a reinforcing bar straightener 103. The steel is fed from the coil through the straightener and then to a cutting machine 104 which is adjusted to cut the steel to lengths of bar 101 corresponding to the length of strip 1 which is required. The bars are then passed into a hopper 105 from which they may be fed to the remaining part of the apparatus.
Next, each bar 101 is fed from the bottom of the hopper 105 into a plastics extrusion dye 106. Into this dye is fed the raw plastics material 107 from a bin 108 in which it has been mixed with appropriate additives. The bin is heated and the molten plastic is fed by a screw pump 109 into the extrusion dye 106. The extrusion dye is provided with heater coils in order to maintain the plastics material in the molten state whilst it is moulded around the bar. The bar may be pushed or pulled through the dye and as it advances it is encased in the plastics material which forms the casing 3. After it leaves the dye 106 the bar, now coated with plastics, is hot rolled through a pair of rollers 110 which produce the ribs 5 on the wings 4 of the coated strip 1. If desired, the end of the strip may be sealed in order to protect the ends of the bar and then the plastics material is allowed to set thoroughly.
Figure 8 illustrates an apparatus 200 which is generally similar to that of Figure 7, except that it is
adapted tor producing strips of the second embodiment in which the tensile portion is a core of polymer yarns. The illustrated apparatus provides a continuous process in which the core is pulled in the direction of arrow P through the apparatus. The extrusion components are identical to those of Figure 7. However, the reinforcing bar, coil straightener, cutting machine and hopper are replaced by a number of coils 201 of yarn 202 and a device 203 in which the yarns are brought together to form a single core 204. This core is then pulled through the extruding die 106 and rollers 110. The strip 1 once made could be wound onto a drum and cut to desired lengths on site, or, alternatively, cutting apparatus could be added after the extrusion apparatus. Depending on the type of core material, on the type of soil in which the strip is to be placed, and on the service life required for a structure to be erected using the strips, their ends may or may not be sealed when the strips are cut.
Figure 9 illustrates an apparatus 300 for making strips of the first embodiment in which the casing 3 is formed (for example by extruding and rolling) in two separate parts 301,302 between which the core 2 is sandwiched. The core is fed from a coil of reinforcing bar material 102 through a reinforcing bar straightener 103 and then between coils containing the casing parts 301 and 302. One of these coils is located above the bar and the other directly beneath it, and as the core 2 is fed between them the material unrolls from the coils thereby sandwiching the core. A pair of press and weld cylinders 306 is provided downstream of the coils to seal the plastics material in position around the core. In an alternative arrangement, the coils may be located on each side of the bar, with the cylinders 306 having their axes arranged vertically. The apparatus may be arranged such that the action of pulling the core 2 will by itself unwind the parts 301,302 of the casing
material from the coils. Further apparatus may be provided downstream of the press and weld cylinders 306 in order to cut strips of the required length. It will be appreciated that similar apparatus could be useful producing the strips of the second embodiment if yarn-handling apparatus of the type illustrated in Figure 8 were used in place of the reinforcing bar coil 102 and reinforcing bar straightener 103.
Figures 10 and 11 illustrate apparatus for rolling strips of, for example, steel in order to provide strips of the fourth and fifth embodiments respectively. Figure 10 illustrates an apparatus 400 in which a strip of steel 401 passes through a pair of rollers 402. The rollers have a waist 403 which provides a raised, central portion 404 to the strip, thereby forming its core 2. On each side of the waist there are a series of indentations 405 which provide ribs 5 on the friction wings 4. The spacing of the rollers 402 determines the thickness of the wings.
In the apparatus 500 of Figure 11 two pairs of rollers are provided. The first pair 501 serve to form the core 2 of the strip 1 and are provided with a waist portion 502 of an appropriate profile to achieve this. The rollers 501 are also spaced from each other by a distance which determines the thickness of the friction wings 4. After passing through the first rollers, the strip passes through a second pair of rollers 503 which as well as having a waist portion 504 to accommodate the core 2 of the strip are provided with pairs of cutters 505. It will be noted that these cutters are arranged to cut slits in the wings of the strip and also to open up the slits in a lateral direction as the strip passes between the rollers 503. In this way a series of apertures 57 is provided in the wings 4 and the lateral sides of the wings are provided with a series of projections and recesses.
If desired, the cutting pair of rollers 503 may be
provided independently of the rollers 501, for example in another plant. In fact, such cutting rollers may be used directly on a conventional steel strip, i.e. one without a thickened core. In this case, the tensile portion of the strip comprises an uninterrupted longitudinal region, whilst the lateral portion for frictional engagement with the earth comprises a region of the same thickness but formed with apertures. The provision of the apertures increases the overall width of the strip for the amount of material used.
We claim: -
1. An elongate stabilising strip for use in stabilised earth structures,
comprising one or more longitudinally extending tensile portions
for resisting tensile force, having lateral portions  which project
laterally from opposite sides of the tensile portion for frictional
engagement with earth, wherein the tensile portion [2, 615] is
thicker than the lateral portions .
2. A strip as claimed in claim 1, wherein the lateral portions are
3. A strip as claimed in claim 1 or 2, wherein a plurality of said
longitudinally extending tensile portions are interconnected by an
additional lateral portion .
4. A strip as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein said lateral
portions are provided with ribs [5, 612] and/or corrugations 
and/or perforations  to improve frictional interaction with the
5. A strip as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the
longitudinally extending tensile portion has at one end an integral
pad adapted to have therethrough an aperture suitable to receive
fastening means to locate the strip [1, 610] in a stabilised earth
structure, the thickness of the pad being greater than the thickness of the lateral portion.
6. A strip as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein the tensile 
and lateral portions  are of the same material.
7. A strip as claimed in any of claims 1 to 5, wherein the tensile
portion [2, 615] of the strip is formed of material of higher tensile
strength than that of the material of the lateral portion .
8. A strip as claimed in claim 7, wherein the tensile portion  is
formed of steel and the lateral portion  is formed of plastics
9. A strip as claimed in claim 7, wherein the tensile portion  is
formed of polymer yarn or drawn bulk polymer and the lateral
portion  is formed of plastics material.
10. A strip as claimed in claim 1, 8 or 9, wherein the material which
forms the lateral portion  extends above and below the material
of the tensile portion  to surround it.
11. A strip as claimed in any preceding claim, wherein a water
transmitting portion extends longitudinally along the strip, the
water transmitting portion comprising an outer covering provided
with perforations which permit entry of water into the strip, and longitudinal channels for transport of water therealong.
12. A stabilised earth structure comprising stabilising strips  as
claimed in any preceding claim.
13. An elongate stabilising strip for use in stabilised earth structures
substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as
illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
|Indian Patent Application Number||1308/DEL/1994|
|PG Journal Number||31/2009|
|Date of Filing||19-Oct-1994|
|Name of Patentee||SOCIETE CIVILE DES BREVETS HENRI VIDAL|
|Applicant Address||PARC DES ERABLES IV, 66 ROUTE DE SARTROUVILLE, 78230 LE PECQ, FRANCE.|
|PCT International Classification Number||B32B 5/12|
|PCT International Application Number||N/A|
|PCT International Filing date|