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C116
Retaining and Flood Walls

John C. Huang, Ph.D., PE

This course provides engineers and contractors with guidance for the safe design and economical construction of retaining and flood walls based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Design Manual on Retaining and Flood Walls. This manual is intended primarily for retaining walls which will be subjected to hydraulic loadings such as flowing water, submergence, wave action, and spray, exposure to chemically contaminated atmosphere, and/or severe climatic conditions. Retaining walls are defined as any wall that restrains material to maintain a difference in elevation. A flood wall is defined as any wall having as its principal function the prevention of flooding of adjacent land. This course describes procedures for the design of retaining and flood walls on shallow foundations, i.e., bearing directly on rock or soil. A flood wall is treated as a special case of a retaining wall. Unless specifically noted, the guidance herein applies to both retaining and flood walls. Both geotechnical and structural aspects of wall design are included. Coordination between geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, and geologists in the design of retaining and flood walls is essential. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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