The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 74 (1996) > Issues > Issue 21 > Geotechnical Design of Retaining Walls
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Geotechnical Design of Retaining Walls

The safe and economic design of a retaining wall depends on the appropriate mobilisation of strength in the adjacent soil. Dense soil tends to be brittle, so that it loses its strength even under strains compatible with the expected displacement of walls. Loose soil tends to be so compliant that it fails to fully develop its available strength. These two concerns are central to the new design methodology adopted by BS8002 Code of practice for earth-retaining structures. M.D. Bolton

Author(s): Bolton, M D

Keywords: bs8002;retaining walls;design;soils;strength;clay;bending moments;limit state methods;landfill;analysis;earth pressure;worked examples