### 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 language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 451-460 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Journal | Géotechnique |

Volume | 35 |

Issue number | 4 |

Publication status | Published - Dec 1985 |

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## Cite this

Smith, G. N. (1985). USE OF PROBABILITY THEORY TO ASSESS THE SAFETY OF PROPPED EMBEDDED CANTILEVER RETAINING WALLS.

*Géotechnique*,*35*(4), 451-460.