REINFORCED EARTH: APPLICATION OF THEORY AND RESEARCH TO PRACTICE

Experience has demonstrated that from all considerations of performance, stress, structural deformation and corrosion, the use of wall backfill that is a well-drained granular material, compacted to a field density that results in dilation during shear, will result in an extremely safe structure with a long and highly predictable service life. As backfill materials become more fine-grained, caution must be exercised in selecting design parameters and factors of safety to allow for the more complex shear strength and corrosion characteristics of these finer grained materials. However, even with these finer gained elastic materials, adequate designs can be developed. At present, at least, plastic soils should not be used for reinforced earth structures. No rational design procedure exists and their anticipated long-term performance, even assuming an adequate structural design, cannot be assured. /Author/

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    Foundation Publications Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1979-1

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 19-31
  • Serial:
    • GROUND ENGINEERING
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: EMAP CONSTRUCT LIMITED
    • ISSN: 0017-4653

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  • Accession Number: 00194159
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM