THE USE OF A COMPUTER IN EARTH PRESSURE CALCULATIONS USING THE WEDGE THEORY

FOR THE DETERMINATION OF ACTIVE AND PASSIVE EARTH PRESSURES THE WEDGE THEORY OF COULOMB IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND, SINCE IT IS A DIRECT APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF STATICAL EQUILIBRIUM. IN ITS APPLICATION, HOWEVER, IT SOON BECOMES CUMBERSONE, AND MOST TEXTBOOKS AND THE CODE OF PRACTICE NO. 2 /EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES/ ARE CONTENT TO DISCUSS FULLY AND ANALYTICALLY ONLY SIMPLIFIED CASES, E.G. NONCOHESIVE SOILS, OR, IF COHESIVE, THEN ONLY WITH HORIZONTAL SOIL SURFACES, AND VERTICAL WALLS. THE PRESENT PAPER DESCRIBES A COMPUTER PROGRAMME THAT CAN BE USED TO PERFORM THE ANALYTICAL FUNCTION OF THE WEDGE THEORY.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol60, No709, PP1181-1182, 4FIG
  • Authors:
    • Larnach, W J
    • Gaydon, F A
  • Publication Date: 1965-8

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  • Accession Number: 00233795
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Road Research Laboratory /UK
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 1 1994 12:00AM