Massive Retaining Walls

  • Milutin SrbulovEmail author
Part of the Geotechnical, Geological, and Earthquake Engineering book series (GGEE, volume 20)


Massive retaining walls use their own weight to transfer nearly horizontal lateral soil forces on the wall into nearly vertical forces on ground under the wall. Sketches of cross sections of massive retaining walls are shown in Fig. 7.1. The massive walls are also called gravity walls.

Most massive retaining walls performed well during earthquakes with exception of a few cases some of which are described in the case histories in Section 7.5.


Earth Pressure Excess Pore Water Pressure Standard Penetration Test Shake Table Test Critical Slip Surface 
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  1. 1.UK

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