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Using Scrap Tires to Buld Retaining Walls

Using Scrap Tires to Buld Retaining Walls

Using Scrap Tires to Buld Retaining Walls

I have used shredded scrap tires for various applications, however, I was recently asked about using whole tires to form a retaining wall.  I would imagine it gets designed like a segmental wall, but I am looking for info on design guidance.  Or if anyone has any thoughts, that would be appreciated.

RE: Using Scrap Tires to Buld Retaining Walls

There may be some guidance in coastal engineering literature as tyres chained together have been used as breakwaters for many a year around the coast of the UK, and I suspect the US also.


Andy Machon

RE: Using Scrap Tires to Buld Retaining Walls

Ginger is right !. I saw some article from US Army Corps about the design of slope protections of river embankments using tires. Unfortunately, I cannot locate it now.
Another paper which I can thin of is
"Tyre retaining wall on the M62", by Donald C. Dalton, Ground Engineering, January 1982, pp 41-43.

If you have time, you also can browse some typical photos and descriptions on the following website:
Lots of good examples there... and perhaps can give you some guides.

If you look for papers related to chipped tires, see below :
J.J. tweedie, DN Hymphrey, TC Sandford, "Tire shreds as Lightweight Retaining Wall Backfill : Active Conditions", or
N. Tatlisoz, TB Edil, CH Benson, "Interaction between Reinforcing Geosynthethics and Soil-Chips Tire Mixtures",
Both papers from ASCE, Journal of Geotech. and GeoEnvironmental Engrgr, Nov 1998, vol 124, Issue 11

Hope that this helps.


RE: Using Scrap Tires to Buld Retaining Walls

alot of the enviromental groups has been building housing using whole tires rammed with dirt, I have came across many of these pages on the net. You must do a search on the term "mothership" I know it sounds off the wall but that is what these houses been called.

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