COMMENTS ON CONVENTIONAL DESIGN OF RETAINING STRUCTURES

In this closure of the discussion of this paper, the author agrees with one of the discussants that the failure of a wall founded on clay can occur by sliding along the base although the retaining wall may have been otherwise adequately designed. The compaction of granular backfill behind a retaining wall built on bedrock can result in very much greater earth pressure than the at-rest condition. It is also pointed out that the use of mild steel for anchors of a bulkhead may permit yielding without failure, on the other hand, such movement can, in the course of time, exceed permissible limits. The author is familiar with several cases where excessive movement of a bulkhead eventually required installation of additional anchors despite the fact that they had not failed.

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    • This is a closure of a paper by Leo Casagrande, published February, 1973, (Proc. Paper 9568).
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    American Society of Civil Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Casagrande, L
  • Publication Date: 1974-5

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  • Accession Number: 00262731
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc. Paper 10504
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 27 1974 12:00AM