Suzanne van Eekelen
Geosynthetic reinforcement and piled embankments
Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen is a researcher in geotechnical engineering and an expert in the field of geosynthetic reinforcement and piled embankments in particular. She has reviewed or advised in several piled embankment projects and is specialized in laboratory experiments or field tests. She is chairing the Dutch CUR group ‘Design Guideline Piled Embankments’ and the Dutch IGS Chapter – committee ‘Innovation and Knowledge Transfer’.
She wrote over 100 scientific publications. She was teacher or lecturer in several courses or conferences, amongst these courses at the TU Delft, Ghent University, PAO Netherlands, and the ISSMGE-TC211-short course at Brussels of 2012, the Curso de Engenharia de Infraestrutura e Solos Moles in Rio de Janeiro in 2015 and conferences such as the Dutch Geotechnics Day (2009 and 2015), the Brazilian Workshop Georreforços (2011 and 2015), the Finnish Soil reinforcement workshop (2011) and several national and international conferences of the IGS and ISSMGE.
Dr. Suzanne van Eekelen received the IGS Award of the International Geosynthetics Society for her research on basal reinforced piled embankments in 2014, the Award for the best paper in Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2012, an Honourable mention as one of the four Best Papers in Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2011 and the Dutch Keverling Buisman-Science award 2011.
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Research piled embankments
The Netherlands, 2009 - Present
Laboratory model experiments, field studies in the Houten railway and Woerden high way exit, development calculation models.
‘Innovation in road construction methods’
The Netherlands, 2003 – 2009
Including a field test the ‘Kyoto Road’, a comparative study of analytical design models for piled embankments, chairing the Dutch CUR – workgroup that published the Design Guideline for Piled Embankments in 2010.
Project manager of theme ‘geo-ecology’
The Netherlands, 2002 - 2006
Wetlands in the lake IJssel, in co-operation with IMSA-Amsterdam and Ecorys set up the foundation ‘Wetlands in the Lake IJssel’.
Project manager laboratory test series
The Netherlands, 2002 - 2005
Innovative dike improvement, Project manager several research projects: Short sheet piling (geocentrifuge experiment + development design rules using FEM program Plaxis), Mixed in Place columns and soil nailing
The Netherlands, 2001 - 2002
Arching in piled embankments, 2D laboratory experiments + design calculations.
Constitutive behaviour of soft soils, grout and rocks.
The Netherlands, 1993 - 2000
Development of the Egg-Cam clay model, a model for soft clay behaviour. Development of Delft Soft Soil model, combination of Egg-Cam clay model and creep behaviour. Constitutive models for clay and sand under large deformations, including compression models, cyclic behaviour, influence of the history of stress or strain, constitutive behaviour of rocks, including creep behaviour.
The Netherlands, 1994 - 1996
3D numerical modelling of underground construction using shield tunnelling techniques.
The Netherlands, 1990 - 1993
Numerical and experimental analysis of sample disturbance, numerical analysis of large deformations.
Basal reinforced piled embankments
Van Eekelen, S.J.M
PhD thesis TU Delft ISBN 978-94-6203-825-7 (print)
A basal reinforced piled embankment consists of a reinforced embankment on a pile foundation. The reinforcement consists of one or more horizontal layers of geosynthetic reinforcement (GR) installed at the base of the embankment. The design of the GR is the subject of this thesis.
A basal reinforced piled embankment can be used for the construction of a road or a railway when a traditional construction method would require too much construction time, affect vulnerable objects nearby or give too much residual settlement, making frequent maintenance necessary.
Validation of analytical models for the design of basal reinforced piled embankments
Van Eekelen, S.J.M., Bezuijen, A., van Tol, A.F
Geotextiles and Geomembranes Volume 43, Issue 1, 56 – 81
An analytical model for arching in piled embankments
Van Eekelen, S.J.M., Bezuijen, A., van Tol, A.F., 2012.
Geotextiles and Geomembranes 39, pp. 78-102,
Model experiments on piled embankments. Part I
Van Eekelen, S.J.M., Bezuijen, A., Lodder, H.J., van Tol, A.F., 2012. Part I,
Geotextiles and Geomembranes 32, pp. 69-81.
Model experiments on piled embankments. Part II
Van Eekelen, S.J.M., Bezuijen, A., Lodder, H.J., van Tol, A.F., 2012. Part II,
Geotextiles and Geomembranes 32, pp. 82-94.
Basal reinforced piled embankments in the Netherlands, Field studies and laboratory tests
Van Eekelen, S.J.M., Bezuijen, A.,
published in the Proceedings of ISSMGE - TC 211 International Symposium on Ground Improvement IS-GI Brussels 31 May & 1 June 2012.
Analysis and modification of the British Standard BS8006 for the design of piled embankments
Van Eekelen, S.J.M.; Bezuijen, A. and Van Tol, A.F.
Geotextiles and Geomembranes 29, pp.345-359.
The Dutch Design Guideline for Piled Embankments
Van Eekelen, S.J.M., Jansen, H.L., Van Duijnen, P.G., De Kant, M., Van Dalen, J.H., Brugman, M.H.A., Van der Stoel, A.E.C., Peters, M.G.J.M., In: Proceedings of 9 ICG, Brazil, pp. 1911-1916.
The Kyoto road piled embankment: 3½ years of measurements
Van Eekelen, S.J.M. and Bezuijen, A., Alexiew, D.,
Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics, Brazil, 2010, pp 1941-1944.
Piled embankments in the Netherlands; how to decide, how to design?
Van Eekelen, Suzanne J.M. and Venmans, Arjan A.M.,
New Techniques on Soft Soils, ed. Márcio Almeida, ISBN 978-85-7975-002-1, pp157-166.
Arching in piled embankments; experiments and design calculations
Van Eekelen, S.J.M., Bezuijen, A., Oung, O., 2003.
In: Proceedings of ICOF Conference, September 2003, Dundee, Scotland.
Short sheet piling in dikes
Eekelen, S.J.M.; Van M.A.; Teunissen, H.J.A.M.; Rozing, A.P.C.;
Proceedings BGA International Conference on Foundation, Dundee, September 2003 London, Telford, 2003, pp. 895-904.
3-D analysis of soft soil tunnelling
Van Eekelen, S.J.M., Bakker, K.J. and Van den Berg, P., Proceedings XIVth International Conference on Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering, September 1997, Hamburg pp. 1521-1525.
|2012 - present||chair person||Dutch CUR group ‘Reinforced retaining walls’.|
|2011 - Present||chair person||Chair person Dutch Chapter IGS-committee ‘Innovation and Knowledge Transfer’.|
|2005 - Present||chair person||Chair person Dutch CUR group ‘Design Guideline Piled Embankments’.|
|2003 - 2009||Member||Delft Cluster project group ‘Innovation in road construction methods’|
|2002-2006||Member||Foundation ‘Wetlands in the Lake IJssel’.|