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RE: loader surcharge at top of retaining wall

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I designed a push wall a few years ago using F=Ma, assuming a 10 MPH speed
and a 0.25-second deceleration rate. The effective force came out to be 1.83
times the loaded weight, so I used 2.0 times the loaded weight for design at
a 4-ft height. I also assumed a lower loading at a 12-ft height (with bucket
raised) based on 0.8 times the loaded weight (assuming a 0.8 friction factor
for tires on concrete and loader pushing against the wall with no added

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ken Peoples [mailto:lvtakp(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Saturday, November 11, 2000 7:05 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: loader surcharge at top of retaining wall
> I am designing an 18-foot high retaining wall which is
> to hold back a ramp which will be used by a loader to
> load bins.  The loaders front tires will likely be
> stopping at the wall - once they hit it that is. I
> don't have the loader size yet and I know that is
> important but the question remains the same.  What I
> would like to know is whether there are any good
> references out there regarding surcharge loading for
> this type of situation.  Our DOT uses something like a
> 3 foot minimum surcharge for bridge abutments but I
> don't really feel comfortable just using that without
> knowing more.  As always, your opinions are
> appreciated.
> Ken
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