What does it mean for something to taper?
1 : to become progressively smaller toward one end. 2 : to diminish gradually. transitive verb. : to cause to taper. taper.
Why do you taper a retaining wall?
For very tall walls one modification used is to taper the wall thickness. This permits the development of a reasonable cross section for the high bending stress at the base without an excessive amount of concrete.
Is a taper a fade?
A taper is when hair gradually changes from one length to another. A fade is a shorter taper that blends or fades into the skin—hence the name.
What are the criteria to be satisfied when making a retaining wall?
You should determine the type, bearing capacity (the capacity of soil to support a load), stress parameters, and friction angle (resistance to movement) of the soil used for the foundation and reinforced zone along with the retained soil zone.
What are the basic elements of retaining wall?
A typical retaining wall has four main components: the Stem is the vertical member holding the backfill, the Toe is the portion of the footing at the front of the wall, the Heel is the portion of the footing at the backfill side, and the Shear Key projects down under the footing.