Sheet-Pile Analysis by Distribution Theory

by Dafalla A. Turabi,
Arpad Balla,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 1, Pg. 291-324

Document Type: Journal Paper


A distribution theory is introduced for the analysis of sheet-pile walls. It is valid for the case of linearly varying soil stiffness modulus. The upper part is assumed to be loaded by Coulomb earth pressure. The pressure acting on the lower part of the sheet pile, below the dredge level, as well as the deformations, are determined from the distribution method. The effects of influencing factors, such as soil characteristics, sheet-pile flexibility, penetration depth, position of anchorage and tie-rod yielding, as obtained from the theory, are generally in agreement with previous experimental and theoretical results. The values of the maximum bending moment and tie-rod load can be read from charts suitable for design purposes.

Subject Headings: Piles | Soil modulus | Rods | Walls | Case studies | Linear functions | Stiffening | Soil pressure

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