Simplified Passive Earth Pressure Analysis

by David C. Major, (corresponding author), Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist (Adjunct); Senior Research Scientist (Adjunct), Earth Institute, Columbia Univ., 2880 Broadway 5th Floor, New York, NY 10025 (corresponding author)., dcm29@columbia.edu,
Sirkku Juhola, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Helsinki, P.O. Box 65, FI-00016 Helsinki, Finland; Dept. of Built Environment, Aalto Univ., P.O. Box 12200, FI-00076 Espoo, Finland., sirkku.juhola@helsinki.fi,


Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 470-474


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Determination of passive earth pressure acting on a rigid retaining wall is one of the most extensively studied stability problems in geotechnical engineering. Most methods of calculating passive pressures consider the soil mass to be limiting equilibrium and differ only in assumption about the shape of failure surface and variable soil properties the method of slices is widely used by practicing engineers to determine the earth pressure on a retaining wall. In this note a simple approach using the method of slices has been proposed for estimating passive earth pressure coefficients.

Subject Headings: Soil pressure | Soil properties | Retaining structures | Surface properties | Passive pressure | Equilibrium | Failure analysis

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