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What is the significance of free length and fixed length in tiebacks in anchored excavation?

The use of tiebacks in deep excavation allows uninterrupted earth moving within the excavation zone owing to the absence of interior obstructions. The spacing of tieback should not be placed too close as this may impair the capacity of tieback because of the interference between adjacent grouted zones.


A tieback is made first by drilling a hole by a drill rig, followed by placing a bar in the drilled hole. Concrete is then poured in the hole and the connection of tieback with wall is made lastly. A tieback anchor consists of an anchorage located in a bearing layer and the anchor is tensioned at the front face of the wall. The portion of the anchor which transmits the force to the surrounding soil is called the “fixed length”. One the other hand, the “free length” of tieback transfers the force from the fixed length through the anchor head to the wall.

free length and fixed length of tieback

This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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