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Can grout be utilized in providing tensile resistance of soil nails?

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The passive nature of soils nails requires a small movement for the nails to take up loading. During this process, it is understood that the grout annulus around the nail would crack to allow for these small displacements.

Therefore, the tensile capacity of grout is normally ignored in design and only compressive capacity might be considered.

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This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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