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13.13 through 13.16 Assume that the retaining wall shown in Figure 13.39 is frictionless. For each problem, determine the Rankine passive force per unit length of the wall, the variation of active earth pressure with depth, and the location of the resultant.

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Figure 13.39

To determine

The Rankine passive force σp(z=H) per unit length of the wall, the variation of active earth pressure Pa with depth, and the location z¯ of the resultant measured from the bottom of the wall.

Explanation

Given information:

The height (H) of the retaining wall is 18 ft.

The soil friction angle ϕ is 23°.

The angle of wall friction δ is 0.

The unit weight γ of the soil is 99lb/ft3

Calculation:

Calculate the passive earth pressure coefficient (Kp) using the relation.

Kp=tan2(45+ϕ2)

Substitute 23° for ϕ.

Ka=tan2(45+23°2)=tan2(45+11.5)=tan2(56.5)=2.282

Calculate Rankine passive force σp(z=H) per unit length of the wall using the relation.

σp(z=H)=KpγH

Substitute 2.282 for Kp, 99lb/ft3 for γ, and 18 ft for H.

σp(z=H)=2.282×99×18=4,066

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