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There different types of retaining walls and their design concept starts with calculation of earth pressures. Earth pressure calculation on retaining walls depends on the depth, pore water pressure and surcharge on retaining walls.

Cantilever Retaining Walls:

Cantilever retaining wall without toe projection

(a) Cantilever retaining wall without toe projection

Cantilever retaining wall with fillets

(b) Cantilever retaining wall with fillets

Fig: Cantilever Retaining Wall

Counterfort and Buttress Retaining Walls:

If the height of the retaining wall exceeds certain limit, the cantilever walls are not economical. Economy can be achieved by providing counterforts which are nothing but vertical beams connected to the stem and the heel slab by reinforcements at regular intervals.

The heel slab and the vertical stem are designed as continuous slabs instead of cantilever slabs. If the counterforts are provided in the toe side, the retaining wall is called a buttress wall.

Counterfort Retaining Wall

Fig. Counterfort Retaining Wall

Buttress Retaining Wall

Fig: Buttress Retaining Wall

Surcharge on retaining walls:

A retaining wall which retains earth level upto the top of the retaining wall is a wall without surcharge. If the earth on the earth retained side is not level or the earth carries loads, the earth is said to have surcharge. The pressure exerted by the earth on the retaining wall will be more in this case. The different types of surcharges that may act on a retaining wall are illustrated in fig below.

Different Types of Surcharges on Retaining Wall

Fig: Different Types of Surcharges on Retaining Wall

Earth Pressure on Retaining Wall:

The retained earth exerts horizontal pressure on the retaining wall, which is called the active earth pressure. The resisting pressure applied by the wall on the retained earth is called the passive earth pressure. This earth pressure varies linearly with the dept of retained earth. The pressure at a depth of H on the wall exerted by the earth is given by clip_image008, where clip_image009 is the coefficient of active earth pressure and w is the density of the earth retained. The total earth pressure up to this depth H is the area of the pressure diagram which is clip_image010 and H acts at a height of H/3 from the bottom. Hence the moment due to the horizontal pressure

clip_image011

Where clip_image012, and clip_image013 is the angle of the repose of the soil.

Earth Pressure on Retaining Wall

Fig: Earth Pressure on Retaining Wall

If the earth has a sloping surcharge, sloping at an angle of clip_image016 to the horizontal, then the pressure at a depth of clip_image017 due to earth is clip_image018 and the total earth pressure upto a depth of clip_image017[1] is clip_image019. This acts at a height of clip_image020 and parallel to the surface of the ground. Hence the moment about the base is

clip_image021

Where clip_image022

Earth Pressure due to inclined Backfill on Retaining wall

Fig: Earth Pressure due to inclined Backfill on Retaining wall

If the earth has a level surcharge of clip_image025/unit run, then the pressure is the same at all depths and is equal to clip_image026and the surcharge pressure at a depth of H is equal to clip_image027. This acts at H/2 from the bottom. The moment due to this at the bottom clip_image028 (figure below).

Earth Pressure due to Surcharge on Retaining Wall

Fig: Earth Pressure due to Surcharge on Retaining Wall

If the surcharge is submerged, the submerged earth pressure should be taken into account. Sufficient drainage holes are provided at different levels for the draining of water.

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