Design of soil nailed retaining structures

Ilan Juran, George Baudrand, Khalid Farrag, Victor Elias

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Soil nailing is an in-situ reinforcement technique which has been used during the last two decades to retain excavations or stabilize slopes. More recently, a kinematical limit analysis design method has been developed to provide an estimate of maximum tension and shear forces in the nails and assess the location of the potential internal failure surface. This method permits an evaluation of the local stability at each reinforcement level which can be more critical than global structural stability. This paper is focused on the evaluation of the available design methods (i.e., the French, Davis and kinematical design methods) through comparative analyses of design schemes established for typical soil nailed retaining structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-659
Number of pages16
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number25
StatePublished - 1990
EventDesign and Performance of Earth Retaining Structures - Proceedings of a Conference - Ithaca, NY, USA
Duration: Jun 18 1990Jun 21 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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