Cantilever Retaining Wall Calculator to IBC 2018, ASCE 7-16

Easy to use online Cantilever Retaining Wall software for American standards.


The ClearCalcs Cantilever Retaining Wall Calculator provides fast, customisable design and analysis calculations for IBC. The calculator assumes no shear key, no soil inclined behind the structure, and does not include wind or earthquake loads. Rankine theory is used to determine lateral earth pressure, and retained soil is assumed to be in the active state, with soil cover in front of the retaining wall toe in the passive state. Concrete detailing needs to be checked separately.

Presets Available

Presets enable you to quickly design a wide range of different calculation types using smart, prefilled settings to save time.

  • Fully-Drained Retaining Wall
  • Retaining Wall with High Water Table
  • Tall Retaining Wall with Battered Face
  • L-Type Retaining Wall

Key Sections in the Cantilever Retaining Wall Calculator

  • Stability Summary
  • Stem Summary
  • Heel Summary
  • Toe Summary
  • Key Dimensions
  • Surcharge
  • Soil Properties
  • Base Soil Properties
  • Water Table
  • Concrete Properties
  • Stem Reinforcement
  • Heel Reinforcement (Top Bars)
  • Toe Reinforcement (Bottom Bars)
  • Shrinkage / Temperature Reinforcement
  • Stem Reinforcement Depth & Spacing
  • Heel Reinforcement Depth & Spacing
  • Toe Reinforcement Depth & Spacing
  • Design Criteria
  • Soil Unit Weight
  • Lateral Soil Pressure
  • Unfactored Vertical and Horizontal Loads for Stability Design
  • Tabulated Soil Loads
  • Stability Analysis - Sliding Loads
  • Stability Analysis - Overturning Loads
  • Stability Analysis - Soil Bearing Check
  • Unfactored Vertical Loads for Structural Strength Design
  • Structural Strength Design Loads
  • Stem Flexural Analysis (ACI 318-14, Cl 22.2)
  • Heel Flexural Analysis (ACI 318-14, Cl 22.2)
  • Toe Flexural Analysis (ACI 318-14, Cl 22.2)
  • Shear in Stem (ACI 318-14, Cl 22.5)
  • Shear in Heel (ACI 318-14, Cl 22.5)
  • Shear in Toe (ACI 318-14, Cl 22.5)

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