A simple kinematic method to predict the seismic earth pressure against retaining structures is developed. The fundamental solution to the free-field seismic response considering nonlinear, plastic behavior of soil is included in the retaining wall analysis for the first time. Perturbation to the free-field response caused by soil-structure interaction effects for different types of wall movement is considered. Results from this kinematic method are compared with those obtained from finite-element analysis and observed from laboratory shaking table tests performed on model retaining walls.

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    • A discussion of this paper appears in Volume 126, Number 12, December 2000, this Journal, under the title "Seismic Earth Pressures on Retaining Walls". Note the original title is "Pressure" and the discussion title is "Pressures".
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    American Society of Civil Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Richards Jr, R
    • Huang, Chih-Wei
    • Fishman, K L
  • Publication Date: 1999-9


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00768774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: 65V495
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 2001 12:00AM