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Re: Retaining wall soil pressure

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The soil pressure formula P/A +/- M/S (or re-written as P/W +/- 6P/W^2, where 
W is footing width and P is total axial per lineal foot of wall) is only true 
if resultant is within middle-third (e<W/6). If outside the middle-third 
(arguable justification), since the soil interface can't take tension, an 
easily derived formula for max pressure at toe is: P/(.75W - 1.5e), where e 
is the eccentrictiy of the resultant.
Hugh Brooks, S.E.