Active earth pressure on circular shaft lining obtained by simplified slip line solution with general tangential stress coefficient

Yung Ming Cheng, Ya Yuan Hu

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In this paper, a general tangential stress coefficient is introduced to overcome the limitations of the Haar and Von Karman hypothesis in axi-symmetric earth pressure problem. A simplified analytical solution of active earth pressure on circular shaft with no wall friction and horizontal backfill is developed in the present paper. It is demonstrated that the tangential stress coefficient has a major effect on the active pressure and the Harr and Von Karman hypothesis may be unacceptable in practice. The authors consider that an active earth pressure based on a tangential stress coefficient equal to the coefficient of earth pressure at rest is suitable for engineering practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-115
Number of pages6
JournalYantu Gongcheng Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Active pressure
  • Axi-symmetric
  • Slip line
  • Tangential stress coefficient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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