By: Javier Encinas, PE | January 15, 2017
A retaining wall is a structure exposed to lateral pressures from the retained soil plus any other surcharges and external loads. All overall stability failure modes must be thoroughly checked, but cantilever walls may be particularly sensitive to overturning problems. This article discusses the overturning calculations in either concrete or masonry cantilever retaining walls. Our software ASDIP RETAIN will be used to support the discussion.
A typical retaining wall is composed of four main components: the Stem, the Toe at the front of the wall, the Heel at the backfill side, and the Shear Key. The images below show the geometry of a typical cantilever retaining wall.