Field Study of a Cellular Bulkhead

by Ardis White,
James A. Cheney,
C. Martin Duke,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1961, Vol. 87, Issue 4, Pg. 89-124

Document Type: Journal Paper


A detailed experimental analysis is presented of the structural behavior of a segment of a steel sheet pile cellular bulkhead in Long Beach Harbor, California. The bulkhead consists of 62-ft diam circular cells with connecting arcs and retains a 55-ft height of fine silty sand hydraulic fill. Measurements were made, beginning during construction and extending more than 4 yr, of sheet pile strains and deflections, pore water pressures, and soil and bulkhead movements.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Water pressure | Bulkheads | Steel piles | Sheet piles | Hydraulic fills | Soil pressure | Steel structures | California | United States

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