DISTRIBUTION OF EARTH PRESSURE ON A RETAINING WALL

On the basis of Coulomb's concept that the earth pressure against the back of a retaining wall is due to the thrust exerted by a sliding wedge of soil between the back of the wall and a plane which passes through the bottom edge of the wall and has an inclination of 0, a differential equation of first order is set up by considering the equilibrium of the forces on an element of the wedge. A theoretical result for the unit earth pressure on a retaining wall is obtained. A comparison is made between Coulomb's formula and the formula presented here, and the earth pressure calculated by the formula presented here is also compared with experimental observations. (A)

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • WANG, Y-Z
  • Publication Date: 2000-2

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 83-8
  • Serial:
    • GEOTECHNIQUE
    • Volume: 50
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Thomas Telford Limited
    • ISSN: 0016-8505

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00792949
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: May 31 2000 12:00AM