Title page for ETD etd-05222007-091353


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Filz, George Michael
URN etd-05222007-091353
Title An experimental and analytic study of earth loads on rigid retaining walls
Degree PhD
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Duncan, James Michael Committee Chair
Brandon, Thomas L. Committee Member
Clough, G. W. Committee Member
Kuppusamy, Thangavelu Committee Member
Reddy, Junuthula N. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Earth pressure
  • Retaining walls
Date of Defense 1992-04-01
Availability restricted
Abstract
Experimental and analytic investigations were performed to examine the influences of wall height, backfill behavior, and compaction on the magnitudes of backfill loads on rigid retaining walls.

Measurements of lateral and vertical backfill loads were made during tests using the Virginia Tech instrumented retaining wall facility. The tests were performed with two soils, moist Yatesville silty sand and dry Light Castle sand. Two hand-operated compactors, avibrating plate compactor and a rammer compactor, were used to compact the backfill . The backfill height was 6.5 feet in all of the tests.

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