Retaining Wall Reinforcement: Other Options
Allan Block retaining walls can be reinforced with the same proven techniques used for conventional masonry walls. Allan Block masonry walls are useful on sites where geogrids are not feasible or cost effective because they rely on a reinforced footing and vertical pilasters to counteract lateral earth pressures.
These walls combine the mortarless stability of an Allan Block wall with the tensile strength of the steel rods in pilasters and the stability of the footing. The design and construction of these masonry walls meet all building code requirements, while factoring in the benefit of an inclined Allan Block retaining wall.
The specific design requirements depend on site and soil conditions, and wall heights.
Reference: ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Reinforced Concrete
Other System Options
In addition to basic masonry wall systems, Allan Block can accommodate other special reinforcement systems such as:
- No-fines concrete
- rock bolts
- earth anchors
- soil nailing
Learn more information on No-Fines Concrete
When considering special applications, unusual job sites, or unique reinforcement requirements, contact the Allan Block Corporation for engineering and design support. The Allan Block Engineering Department provides assistance to engineering and design professionals worldwide.