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Lateral Earth Pressure of Rigid Wall Based on AASHTO 17th & 2018 IBC
INPUT DATA & DESIGN SUMMARY
SOIL SPECIFIC WEIGHT gb = 110 pcf
SOIL INTERNAL FRICTION ANGLE f = 30 deg
SLOPE OF BACKFILL b = 15 deg
EXTERNAL FRICTION ANGLE d = 17 deg
RACK ANGLE OF WALL FACE q = 90 deg

The Active Earth Pressure: Pa = 41 psf / ft


Pa, h = 39 pcf (horizontal equivalent fluid pressure)
The At-rest Earth Pressure: P0 = 55 psf / ft
The Passive Earth Pressure: Pp = 330 psf / ft

ANALYSIS
DETERMINE ACTIVE EARTH PRESSURE
Pa = gb Ka = 41 psf / ft
Pa, h = Pa sin( q - d) = 39 pcf (horizontal equivalent fluid pressure)

sin 2  q  f 
where Ka  2

0.372
 sin  f d  sin  f  b  
sin q sin  q  d  1
2

sin  q d  sin  q  b  


(Coulomb, AASHTO Figure 5.5.2A)

The total active resultant, (0.5 H Pa), acts H/3 above the base.

DETERMINE AT-REST EARTH PRESSURE


P0 = gb K0 = 55 psf / ft
K
where 0 = 1 - sin f = 0.500 , (AASHTO 5.5.2-2)

The total horizontal resultant at rest, (0.5 H P 0), acts H/3 above the base.

DETERMINE PASSIVE EARTH PRESSURE


Pp = gb Kp = 330 psf / ft
1  sin f
Kp 
where 1  sin f 3.000 , (Rankine, AASHTO Figure 5.5.2D)

d= 0 deg
q= 90 deg
The total horizontal resultant at rest, (0.5 H P p), acts H/3 above the base.
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