Category: Lateral Earth Pressure

Lateral earth pressures due to soil and surcharge loads on earth retention structures.

Trial Wedge Analysis

Trial Wedge Method Update: I will be updating this post or possibly creating a new post that demonstrates a simpler, clearer way to implement the trial wedge method. It should be completed by 2013/2/17. Update: I realized a couple of…

Lateral Earth Pressure II

This post is an extension of a previous post http://howtoengineer.com/retaining-wall-lateral-earth-pressure/ The spreadsheet will use the nomeclature found in NCMA’s Design Manual for Segmental Retaining Walls and Coulomb Theory. See here: Lateral Earth Pressure – Soil Basic 1 Geometry Sketch Also here is a…

Retaining Wall – Lateral Earth Pressure

Retaining Wall – Lateral Earth Pressure Update: For spreadsheets and more examples of calculating active and passive pressures see Lateral Earth Pressure II We will briefly discuss lateral earth pressure caused by soil weight and ground water effects. I’m not going to…

Retaining Wall Offset Surcharges

Offset surcharges have provided me with some of my largest learning hurdles as a young engineer. We will spend some time discussing different design options when faced with an offset surcharge. We will not spend much time on uniform surcharges…