Optimal Design of Retaining Walls

by Edward J. Rhomberg, (M.ASCE),
Walter M. Street, (M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 5, Pg. 992-1002

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper presents a method of proportioning cantilever walls so that the solution not only satisfies the strength and serviceability requirements, but also the requirement for a minimum cost wall. The method includes computer-generated data for use in compiling a design aid. With this design aid, simple rule-of-thumb type design guides can provide walls that are within 5%of the absolute minimum cost.

Subject Headings: Retaining structures | Serviceability | Computer aided design | Walls

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