Retaining Wall Under Action of Accreted Backfill

by Paul Christiano, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Carnegie-Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA,
Suradej Chuntranuluck, Grad. Student; Dept. of Civ. and Mineral Engrg., Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 4, Pg. 474-476

Document Type: Journal Paper


The purpose of this note is to demonstrate the dependence of the behavior of a rigid retaining wall on the construction sequence of the backfill. The accretion process was analyzed through an incremental finite element method with a nonlinear soil having the characteristics of Ottawa sand. Although a relatively simple analytical model was considered, other inclusions might have been: 1) the effects of flexibility of the wall; 2) more complicated interface conditions; 3) backfill compaction; and 4) various constitutive relationships for the soil, which may occur in future work.

Subject Headings: Soil analysis | Finite element method | Retaining structures | Backfills | Compacted soils | Construction management | Nonlinear analysis | Compaction (material)

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