What are the potential problems of using clayey backfill in reinforced fill?

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Reinforced fill consists of reinforcement embedded in fill with facing. With backfilling material of clayey nature, it may pose problems to potential corrosion of steel reinforcement. The low permeability of cohesive fill materials tends increase the duration of contact between reinforcement and water and may cause corrosion problems. Moreover, consideration should be given if cohesive materials could also achieve the required compaction.


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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