Lateral Earth Pressure due to Backfill
Subject to an Inclined
Uniformly Distributed Surcharge


Venanzio R. Greco

Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Defence, University of Calabria
87030 Roges di Rende, Italy



In this paper, an analytical method is proposed to calculate the active thrust on retaining walls when the backfill is cohesionless and subject to a uniformly distributed and generally inclined surcharge. A simplified and sufficiently approximate procedure is also proposed to calculate the point of application of the thrust.

Keywords: Active earth pressure, Retaining walls, Stability analysis, Coulomb's method

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