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craigmcg (Structural) (OP)
16 Aug 07 11:05
Does anybody know where I could find a detailed procedure on how to perform Culmann's method in regards to anchored sheet pile retaining walls?  To eliminate any confusion, the procedure I am referring to analyzes the possibility of the anchor inducing a surcharge load on the retaining wall.

Another quick question on the same topic... Would the anchor slab/wall be considered "stable" if the base was below the natural slope (natural slope being a slope at an angle phi from the tip of the retaining wall)?

jdonville (Geotechnical)
19 Aug 07 14:08

Culmann's method is a graphical method using trial and error to locate the critical case for slope stability problems, especially when the backslope has non-uniform geometry.

The Caltrans Trenching and Shoring manual has several worked examples employing this approach and should not be too difficult to locate for download. It also has a good section on trenching and shoring adjacent to railroads, a subject that is not widely discussed in many texts or manuals.

The avaialble passive resistance below the dredge line/toe of the wall depends on the slope angle, spacing of the embedded elements and depth of embedment.

BigH (Geotechnical)
20 Aug 07 4:45
jdonville:  cook
joako (Geotechnical)
20 Aug 07 16:05
Why don't you try with Talren software, with that you can analise any section that you need.
vulcanhammer (Geotechnical)
22 Aug 07 17:40
Caltrans Trenching and Shoring Manual can be found at
jdonville (Geotechnical)
23 Aug 07 14:00

Thanks for posting the link.


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