Distribution of Earth Pressure on Sheet-Pile Walls

by Dafalla A. Turabi,
A. Balla,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 6, Pg. 1271-1302

Document Type: Journal Paper


All theoretical solutions of the sheet pile problem used at present assume linear earth pressure distribution above dredge level and disregard the effect of wall deformation on the pressure distribution. The distribution coefficient method as evolved herein provided a solution in which wall deformation and earth pressure distribution are interrelated. The variation of the coefficient of earth pressure is presented as a function of sheet-pile flexural rigidity number, penetration depth, tie-rod position, tie-rod yielding and soil characteristics. The obtained earth pressure distribution curves exhibit the effect of arching in the soil mass. Both the pressure distribution curves and the computed maximum bending moment and tie-rod load values are in close agreement with test results.

Subject Headings: Rods | Moment distribution | Pressure distribution | Soil pressure | Piles | Walls | Deformation (mechanics) | Soil properties

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