Definition - What does Ground Anchor mean?
Ground Anchor is a lightweight tool designed to transfer home anchoring to the ground. It is easy to install and it consists of cables and rods that are connected to a bearing plate thus used for stabilization of steep slopes. Initially, it was used in the United States to support excavation systems. The tool is often used to transmit a tensile load to the ground. It is installed in grout-filled drill holes. The main components of the tool are anchorage, free stressing length and bond length.
Petropedia explains Ground Anchor
There are two main types of Ground Anchors namely, straight shaft pressure grouted ground anchors and straight shaft gravity grouted ground anchors. The straight shaft gravity grouted ground anchors are used for various drilling and auger methods, whereas the pressure grouted ground anchors are suitable for granular soils. The major uses of Ground Anchors are:
- To retain the walls of erosion control system
- To provide structural support to temporary buildings
- To offer security in anchoring small aircraft
Moreover, Ground Anchors enhance the durability of devices and include resistance to corrosion thereby decreasing their life cycle costs.