The most serious deficiency in the current understanding of reinforced earth-retaining structures is in the lack of a viable theoretical or analytical model. The use of an "at rest" lateral pressure coefficient to accurately predict the magnitude of horizontal stress is examined. Results of the calculations were in general agreement with the classical methods used. It is noted that designs tend to be very conservative, and therefore difficult to extrapolate to other sites with different backfill and foundation conditions. It is impossible, without a good theoretical model, to predict the performance of alternate reinforcing systems and materials.

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    • Refer to ASCE Proceeding Paper 12210 by CK Chen, KM Romstad, and LR Herrmann, June 1076.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Discussers:
    • Holtz, R D
  • Publication Date: 1977-7

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  • Accession Number: 00165890
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE 13054
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM