This innovative patent-pending precast counterfort system is designed to support future embankment consisting of existing clay/soil backfill. The system includes a precast concrete Base and a precast concrete Face with integral Counterforts (Face/CF). The Base will extend in front of the Face/CF (Base Toe) and also extend rear-wards past the end of the Counterforts (Base Heel). The Base Toe/ Heel will increase to engage more soil as you start increasing in retained height to provide adequate stability for the wall.
Low-strength material will be pumped under the Base to ensure proper bearing on the foundation soils underneath. High-strength grout will be utilized at the shear key and joints between the Base and Face/CF to mechanically fasten the two sections together with use of cast-in bar anchors. The Face and the majority of the Base will span horizontally across the Counterforts minimizing the stresses within the sections. The implementation of the Counterforts dramatically increases the lever arm, therefore reducing the stresses in the moment connection between the Base and Face/CF. These both attribute to a more efficient design of the retaining wall system.