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Numerical Investigation into the effect of various surcharge loadings on propped wall excavations and embankments

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posted on 09.04.2020, 09:34 by O. Ogunyemi, A. Ahangar Asr
Several guidance and formulation have been developed in the literature to account for the analysis of external surcharges adjacent to a propped excavation but less attention has been paid to the presence of sloping ground or embankments. However, CIRIA C760 states that the actual ground profile should be modelled and analysed as a series of surcharge loading over the extent of the active side of the wall. In this research, two braced excavation models were analysed of which one was the actual ground profile and the second with a series of surcharge loading representing the embankment adjacent to the excavation. The accuracy, efficiency, and conservation of the proposed approaches were examined on a propped cantilever wall excavation using a finite element geotechnical analysis software PLAXIS 2D. The models were analysed and examined in terms of the bending moment and deflection of the diaphragm wall and the prop load, the model with the actual ground profile was also investigated for any thrust load on the support system should the embankment or sloping ground fail in shear. The results were presented, and comparisons were made. Merits and advantages of the proposed numerical approach were discussed.

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