COMPARISON BETWEEN THEORETICAL AND MEASURED EARTH PRESSURES ACTING ON A LARGE MOTORWAY RETAINING WALL

The opportunity was taken during the construction of the M1 motorway to instrument and observe a large motorway retaining wall in yorkshire. The initial results of the investigation were reported in an article published in the june, 1970, journal by messrs sims, forrester and jones and entitled "lateral pressures on retaining walls". These results indicated that the earth pressures on the wall were increasing with time and also that the accepted design theory for retaining walls was based upon concepts of earth pressure incompatible with those found by measurement. Now, after five years, an equilibrium condition appears to have been reached. It has been found that finite element analysis, based upon elastic concepts compare favourably with the initial recorded earth pressures, and, in addition, it appears that the increase in earth pressure that has been recorded since the motorway was opened in 1968 may be caused by the traffic using the motorway retained by the wall. (A) ;TRRL;

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    Institution of Highway Engineers

    27 Earl Street
    Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Sims, F A
    • JONES, CJF
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 26-29
  • Serial:
    • Highway Engineer
    • Volume: 21
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: Whitehall Press Limited
    • ISSN: 0306-6452

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM