Earth Anchors

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Second Edition
By Braja M. Das and Sanjay Kumar Shukla
Hardcover, 6×9, 352 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-077-8
May 2013


Anchors are primarily used in the construction of foundations of earth-supported and earth-retaining structures. The fundamental reason for using earth anchors in construction is to transmit the outwardly directed load to the soil at a greater depth and/or farther away from the structure. Although earth anchors have been used in practice for several hundred years, proper theoretical developments for purposes of modern engineering designs have taken place only during the past 40 to 45 years. This geotechnical engineering book summarizes most theoretical and experimental works directed toward the development of proper relationships for ultimate and allowable holding capacity of earth anchors.

Key Features

  • A discussion on single-helix screw anchors in sand has been added to Chapter 6
  • Two new chapters have been added: Chapter 9, Suction and Caisson Anchors, and Chapter 10, Geo-Anchors
  • A summary section has been included for each chapter
  • Self-assessment multiple-choice questions, followed by answers, are given at the end of each chapter
  • Details horizontal, vertical and inclined anchor plates, helical anchors, and anchor piles
  • Reviews the failure mechanism in soil located around the anchor as well as various theories to calculate the ultimate and allowable loads
  • Includes laboratory and field test results which are required to supplement and verify the theories in the book
  • WAV offers downloadable pdf slides for classroom instruction — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Dr. Braja M. Das served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento from 1994 to 2006. Prior to 1994, he was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois. The author of more than 250 technical papers, his primary areas of research include shallow foundations, earth anchors, and geosynthetics. Dr. Das received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has most recently edited Geotechnical Engineering Handbook (2010) and co-authored Geotechnical Engineering (2010).

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla is the Program Leader of the Discipline of Civil Engineering at Edith Cowan University in Australia. He has more than 20 years of teaching, research, and consultancy experience in the field of geotechnical engineering and geosynthetics. He has authored over 100 research papers and technical articles including 72 refereed journal publications. Sanjay is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Australia) and a Life Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India) and the Indian Geotechnical Society.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Earth Anchors—General
Chapter 2: Horizontal Plate Anchors in Sand
Chapter 3: Horizontal Plate Anchors in Clay
Chapter 4: Vertical Plate Anchors
Chapter 5: Inclined Plate Anchors
Chapter 6: Helical Anchors in Sand
Chapter 7: Helical Anchors in Clay
Chapter 8: Anchor Piles
Chapter 9: Suction Caisson and Drag Anchors
Chapter 10: Geo-Anchors


“This book expertly summarizes the existing theories related to the uplift/pullout capacity of horizontal anchor plates, vertical anchor plates, helical anchors, and anchor piles. The new edition also includes chapters related to suction caisson and drag anchors, and geo-anchors. Such a comprehensive coverage of earth anchors will be an extremely helpful reference for both practitioners and researchers.”

— Professor Khaled Sobhan, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Marine Structures and Geotechnique, Florida Atlantic University

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