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Math. Comput. Appl. 2008, 13(1), 61-70; doi:10.3390/mca13010061

Fuzzy Decision Support System to Determine Swell/Shrink Factor Affecting Earthwork Optimization of Highways

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Kolin Const. Co., Akkoy Dam & HEPP Construction, Kurtun, Gumushane, Turkey
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Istanbul Technical University, Civil Eng. Department, Ayazaga, 34469, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ege University, Department of Civil Engineering, 35100, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey
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Celal Bayar University, Department of Civil Engineering, Manisa, Turkey
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Published: 1 April 2008
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Abstract

The optimization of cut and fill volumes of a highway infrastructure is crucial for minimizing the total earthwork cost. Borrow material swells after excavation and shrinks when mechanical compaction is applied; in this respect, it may be misleading to calculate cut-fill volumes directly without considering the amount of swelling and/or shrinkage. On the other hand, determination of such factors characterizing shrinkage/swelling behavior is highly ambiguous. The aim of this paper is to present the applicability of a fuzzy rule-based system for choosing swelling/shrinkage factors affecting the precision of earthwork optimization. This approach may assist in any highway alignment procedure to handle cut and fill volumes more accurately.
Keywords: highway; swelling; shrinkage; fuzzy logic; earthwork optimization highway; swelling; shrinkage; fuzzy logic; earthwork optimization
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Göktepe, A.B.; Lav, A.H.; Altun, S.; Altıntaş, G. Fuzzy Decision Support System to Determine Swell/Shrink Factor Affecting Earthwork Optimization of Highways. Math. Comput. Appl. 2008, 13, 61-70.

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