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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 715891, 7 pages
Research Article

Lateral Earth Pressure behind Walls Rotating about Base considering Arching Effects

Tianjin Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos Control, School of Mechanical, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China

Received 2 July 2014; Revised 20 August 2014; Accepted 8 September 2014; Published 11 November 2014

Academic Editor: Limin Sun

Copyright © 2014 Dong Li 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.


In field, the earth pressure on a retaining wall is the common effect of kinds of factors. To figure out how key factors act, it has taken into account the arching effects together with the contribution from the mode of displacement of a wall to calculate earth pressure in the proposed method. Based on Mohr circle, a conversion factor is introduced to determine the shear stresses between artificial slices in soil mass. In the light of this basis, a modified differential slices solution is presented for calculation of active earth pressure on a retaining wall. Comparisons show that the result of proposed method is identical to observations from model tests in prediction of lateral pressures for walls rotating about the base.