EARTH PRESSURES BEHIND A COUNTERFORT ABUTMENT WALL

A 45 foot high counterfort abutment wall was instrumented with eleven total earth pressure cells. Four vertical cross sections were instrumented, two sections between the counterforts and two sections on the counterforts. The pressure cells were the vibrating wire type manufactured by Telemac International Inc. The measured earth pressure distribution compared favorably to (1) the theoretical at-rest earth pressure calculated using Jaky's expression for K sub o and (2) the pressure distributions monitored by Coyle and Bartoskewitz. Also, the coefficient of earth pressure at-rest, k sub o, measured near the bottom of the wall fell within the range of K sub o mentioned by Terzaghi and Peck. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    P.O. Box 2926
    Harrisburg, PA  United States  17120
  • Authors:
    • Churilla, C J
    • Diviney, J
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 66 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-PA-RD-75-13 Final Rpt., FCP 4058-342
  • Contract Numbers: 75-13
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM