Tuesday, December 24, 2013

An Experimental and Analytical Study of Dry Stone Retaining Walls - University of BATH UK

Dry-stone walls are formed by carefully stacking blocks of stone rubble, without the use of mortar. Found throughout the world, dry-stone walls form the distinctive character of many areas of the UK, including the Cotswolds, Peak District and Lake District. Dry-stone retaining walls are engineering structures used to support road, railway and canal cuttings and embankments. The walls are commonly about 0.6m thick and are comprised of a bonded masonry face with stacked rubble stone behind. They were mostly built during the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are about 9000 km (5592 miles) of these walls along the UK road network alone, having an estimated replacement value in excess of £1 billion.


Funding body: ESPRCPrincipal investigator: Pete Walker
Co-investigators: Paul McCombie and Andrew Heath
Researcher: Chris MundellAcademic partners: University of SouthamptonIndustry partners: Network Rail, Bradford Metropolitan Council, Wilsthire County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Cornwall County Council, County Surveyors Society, Dry-stone Walling AssociationDates: 2006-2009

1 comment:

  1. The ball bearings behind the wall didn't help. Any waller who would back fill their wall that poorly ? Still, cool !!