The use of probability theory in the assessment of the reliability of a propped embedded cantilever retaining wall is described. The method of analaysis is a numerical one and involves an iterative procedure by which the reliability index beta of the system is evaluated. Knowing beta , a nominal value of the probability of failure of the structure can be obtained. It is shown that a powerful feature of the probability approach is that, whereas the four methods generally used to determine the factor of safety F of a propped embedded wall give four different F values, the same four methods all give the same value for beta .
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1985|