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Simple wave solution for seismic earth pressures on nonyielding walls

Simple wave solution for seismic earth pressures on nonyielding walls

Kloukinas, Panos ORCID: 0000-0002-5158-3109, Langousis, Miltiadis and Mylonakis, George (2012) Simple wave solution for seismic earth pressures on nonyielding walls. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 138 (12). pp. 1514-1519. ISSN 1090-0241 (Print), 1943-5606 (Online) (doi:

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Design of retaining walls for earthquake action is traditionally performed by limit analysis procedures-notably the classical solution of Mononobe-Okabe and its variants. Fundamental assumptions of these methods are (1) the static nature of seismic excitation, (2) the compliance in sliding and/or rocking of the base of the wall, (3) the shear failure of the backfill and the soil-wall interface, and (4) the prespecified point of application of soil thrust. Given the restrictive nature of these assumptions, alternative solutions based on wave-propagation theory have been developed that do not require failure of the backfill and thereby are applicable to nonyielding walls. Because of the complex mathematics involved, the use of these solutions in practice appears to be limited. A special integration technique inspired from the seminal work of Vlasov and Leontiev is presented, which simplifies the analysis by providing closed-form solutions suitable for practical use.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dynamic analysis, earth pressures, earthquakes, retaining walls, Winkler model
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENN)
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 11:26
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