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Target reliability based design optimization of anchored cantilever sheet pile walls

Basha, Munwar B and Babu, Sivakumar GL (2008) Target reliability based design optimization of anchored cantilever sheet pile walls. In: Canadian Geotechnical Journal / Revue canadienne de géotechnique, 45 (4). 535-548.

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Abstract

In this study, the stability of anchored cantilever sheet pile wall in sandy soils is investigated using reliability analysis. Targeted stability is formulated as an optimization problem in the framework of an inverse first order reliability method. A sensitivity analysis is conducted to investigate the effect of parameters influencing the stability of sheet pile wall. Backfill soil properties, soil - steel pile interface friction angle, depth of the water table from the top of the sheet pile wall, total depth of embedment below the dredge line, yield strength of steel, section modulus of steel sheet pile, and anchor pull are all treated as random variables. The sheet pile wall system is modeled as a series of failure mode combination. Penetration depth, anchor pull, and section modulus are calculated for various target component and system reliability indices based on three limit states. These are: rotational failure about the position of the anchor rod, expressed in terms of moment ratio; sliding failure mode, expressed in terms of force ratio; and flexural failure of the steel sheet pile wall, expressed in terms of the section modulus ratio. An attempt is made to propose reliability based design charts considering the failure criteria as well as the variability in the parameters. The results of the study are compared with studies in the literature.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to NRC Research Press.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2010 09:53
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/26733

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