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Why is the kicker of reinforced concrete cantilever retaining walls located at the position of largest moment and shear force?

Normally for reinforced concrete cantilever retaining walls, there is a 75mm kicker at the junction wall stem and base slab to facilitate the fixing of formwork for concreting of wall stems. If a higher kicker (i.e. more than 75mm height) is provided instead, during the concreting of base slab the hydraulic pressure built up at kicker of fresh concrete cause great problem in forming a uniform and level base slab.


Despite the fact that the position of kicker in a cantilever retaining wall is the place of largest flexure and shear, there is no option left but to provide the kicker at this position.

Different locations of shear key in retaining wall

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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