TerraLink® shored MSE structures
Terre Armée engineers have pioneered this innovative solution to link a new structure to an existing structure. With TerraLink®, you can build widenings or additions to link an added structure to the face of a soil-nail wall, an existing concrete retaining wall, or a natural feature such as sloped terrain that are allowing only a narrow space for the necessary soil reinforcements and backfill.
Road and railway widenings
The continuous increase in road and railway traffic in urban areas renders existing infrastructure as under-dimensioned. Infrastructure widening with structure additions using our TerraLink® SMSE solution is necessary to loosen traffic bottlenecks and stabilize existing structures.
TerraLink® is a cost-effective way for building a conventional earth-retained structure or shoring system in restrictive proximity to an existing slope or structure. Typical design conceptions involve significant earthwork through excavation and excessive fill, and replacements. By lowering these high costs, TerraLink® is an excellent solution.
The TerraLink® solution
Components resemble our typical Reinforced Earth® MSE wall solution:
- Facing panels that can be made of precast concrete or welded wire mesh
- Steel or geosynthetic soil reinforcement strips that are connected to the facing elements
- Select or engineered backfill
- We also supply TerraNail™ soil nails that are naturally associated with TerraLink®
The TerraLink™ connections
Our solution is intended to link an existing structure with the new TerraLink® structure. These structures are designed with either one, or a combination of two different methods for linking:
> Friction link
Alternating layers of soil reinforcements, each layer connected to one or the opposing surface
- those being solely connected to the back face of the new structure
- those being solely connected to the face of the existing structure.
> Direct link
All soil reinforcement connecting the two extremities are structurally linked directly to one another.
One or both, friction-link or direct-link connections could apply to your project.
Key in designing the TerraLink® configuration, Terre Armée engineers will assess the conditions of the existing structure(s). We closely analyze the origin (existing MSE, soil nail wall, sloped terrain, bedrock, etc.), as it is important to evaluate the stability of the as-built environment. We consult with you on internal and external stability in support of the new, reconfigured structure, including revised load conditions and extended service life.