Passive Pressure Coefficients by Method of Slices

by Donald H. Shields, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada,
A. Zeki Tolunay, Geotech. Engr.; Fondex Ltd., Ottawa, ON, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 12, Pg. 1043-1053

Document Type: Journal Paper


Coefficients of passive earth pressure have been compared using the method of slices employed in slope stability work. The common problem of a vertical wall pushing into sand with a horizontal surface has been investigated. The computed values compare more favorably with experimental findings for dense sand than do previous theories. The method is simple and may be extended to problems involving sloping backfill and surcharge loading.

Subject Headings: Passive pressure | Slope stability | Soil pressure | Walls | Sandy soils | Soil analysis | Backfills | Load factors

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