Wednesday, December 5, 2012


The lateral pressure theories and the methods of calculating the lateral earth pressures were described in detail in the same chapter. The two classical earth pressure theories that have been considered are those of Rankine and Coulomb. In this chapter we are interested in the following:

1. Conditions under which the theories of Rankine and Coulomb are applicable to cantilever and gravity retaining walls under the active state.
2. The common minimum dimensions used for the two types of retaining walls mentioned above.
3. Use of charts for the computation of active earth pressure.
4. Stability of retaining walls.
5. Drainage provisions for retaining walls.

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