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# Re: wind load to retaining wall

• To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
• Subject: Re: wind load to retaining wall
• From: <jrgrill(--nospam--at)cableone.net>
• Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 11:04:20 -0700

Using Method 2, the formulas for "Other Structures" (6.5.13) does not give positive and negative pressures.  ASCE 7-05 section 6.5.14 " Design wind loads on Solid Freestanding Walls and Solid Signs" is the same formula and does not give positive and negative pressures.  No, there are no exemptions, but using the full value on the full height of a retaining wall also seems excessive.

Joe

On Mon Oct 9 12:16 , 'Jordan Truesdell, PE' <seaint1(--nospam--at)truesdellengineering.com> sent:

Did you calculate the positive and negative pressures on the wall (you
didn't mention the method used)? If so, then apply them over the exposed
areas. I'm not aware of anything in ASCE7 which would exempt a portion
of a wall from wind loading. The negative pressure should apply to the
full exposed face from an aerodynamic point of view, unless the wall is
so tall in relation to the oncoming flow that it materially affects the
boundary conditions.

Jordan

jrgrill(--nospam--at)cableone.net wrote:
>
> I am looking at a retaining wall on a project. I have calculated the
> wind load to the wall per ASCE 7-02. Does this wind load apply to the
> full height of the wall or only the portions of the wall above the
> retained soil on the back side of the wall? If the wind load is
> applied for the full height is the full calculated wind load applied
> for the full height, or is there a reduced load for that portion of
> the exposed face below the retained height elevation?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Joseph R. Grill, PE
>
>
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