Relationship between temperature and earth pressure for RFERS

Walid Aboumoussa, Magued Iskander

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The relationship between temperature and earth pressure acting on a Rigidly Framed Earth Retaining Structure (RFERS) subject to wide temperature variation was explored in this chapter. The open concrete garage RFERS presented in Chapter 4 was instrumented and monitored for a period of four and a half years. The structure retains 11 m (36 ft) of soil on one side only. The measured displacements were used to calculate the earth pressure coefficient using closed form equations that were developed in Chapter 3. The data indicated that the coefficient of earth pressure behind the monitored RFERS had a strong linear correlation with temperature. The study also reveals that thermal cycles, rather than lateral earth pressure, caused some of the structural elements to fail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering
ISSN (Print)1866-8755
ISSN (Electronic)1866-8763

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanics of Materials


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