Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

3-26-2001

Session End Date

3-31-2001

Abstract

Seismic design of retaining walls is traditionally based on the Mononobe-Okabe method of analysis. In recent years a number of theoretical analyses have been presented to predict the seismic behaviour of gravity retaining walls. In this paper some shaking table tests performed on a small prototype of gravity wall retaining dry sand are described and the experimental results are presented with the aim to provide, though qualitatively, an insight into some important aspects of the dynamic behaviour of retaining structures resting on rigid foundation soil. The M-O theory do not consider the particular boundary condition that in the practical design of retaining structures are often in use like backfill geometries or loading condition. Shaking table studies were carried out in order to study the dynamic behaviour of gravity retaining walls resting on rigid foundation soil. Two different system have been taken into consideration namely, a wall retaining a horizontal backfill on which uniform surcharge was placed and a wall on which the uniform surcharge was placed to a distance «d» to the head of the wall.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fourth Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

3-26-2001

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2001 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Dynamic Model Tests on Gravity Retaining Walls with Various Surcharge Conditions

San Diego, California

Seismic design of retaining walls is traditionally based on the Mononobe-Okabe method of analysis. In recent years a number of theoretical analyses have been presented to predict the seismic behaviour of gravity retaining walls. In this paper some shaking table tests performed on a small prototype of gravity wall retaining dry sand are described and the experimental results are presented with the aim to provide, though qualitatively, an insight into some important aspects of the dynamic behaviour of retaining structures resting on rigid foundation soil. The M-O theory do not consider the particular boundary condition that in the practical design of retaining structures are often in use like backfill geometries or loading condition. Shaking table studies were carried out in order to study the dynamic behaviour of gravity retaining walls resting on rigid foundation soil. Two different system have been taken into consideration namely, a wall retaining a horizontal backfill on which uniform surcharge was placed and a wall on which the uniform surcharge was placed to a distance «d» to the head of the wall.