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ISRN Soil Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 750386, 8 pages
Research Article

Active Thrust on an Inclined Retaining Wall with Inclined Cohesionless Backfill due to Surcharge Effect

Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076, India

Received 13 March 2012; Accepted 8 May 2012

Academic Editor: A. P. Schwab

Copyright © 2012 D. M. Dewaikar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A method based on the application of Kötter’s equation is proposed for the complete analysis of active thrust on an inclined wall with inclined cohesionless backfill under surcharge effect. Coulomb’s failure mechanism is considered in the analysis. The point of application of active thrust is determined from the condition of moment equilibrium. The coefficient of active pressure and the point of application of the active thrust are computed and presented in nondimensional form. One distinguishing feature of the proposed method is its ability to determine the point of application of active thrust on the retaining wall. A fairly good comparison is obtained with the existing solutions.