Based on the assumption that shearing stress greater than the shearing strength at any point along the surface of a ditch will inevitably result in failure, the author conducted an analysis of a cycloidal failure at the bottom of the open cut. A discussion of this cycloidal failure in the case of a vertical slope is presented, with supporting mathematical data. If the strength is exceeded, localized failure must be opposed by soil stress, which will result in general shear failure. A possibility of safety resides in the fact that the well failure will be in plane strain instead of unconfined compression.

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    • This is a discussion of a proc paper 9566 by Harold B Ellis published February 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Discussers:
    • Handy, R L
  • Publication Date: 1974-1

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  • Accession Number: 00260243
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc. Paper 10250
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 11 1974 12:00AM