USE OF PROBABILITY THEORY TO ASSESS THE SAFETY OF PROPPED EMBEDDED CANTILEVER RETAINING WALLS.

G. N. Smith

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    Abstract

    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 .

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)451-460
    Number of pages10
    JournalGéotechnique
    Volume35
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1985

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