Interaction diagrams in the generalized 3D loading space of vertical (V), horizontal (H) and moment (M) actions constitute the basis of the design of foundation structures in case of complex loads combinations. The mechanical response of such systems is frequently interpreted in terms of the ‘macroelement’ theory, where a generalized incremental constitutive relationship is introduced, linking the displacements and rotations of the foundation (playing the role of generalized strains) to the histories of applied loading components (i.e. the generalized stresses). In this paper an attempt to extend a classical macroelement framework, to the case of root-soil interaction presented. The model is calibrated on small scale experimental data on 3D printed plastic root systems, subject to combined V-H-M loads, and a parametric analysis on the main governing parameters is discussed. The comparison between numerical and experimental data suggests that the macroelement approach could be an efficient and simple analytical tool for describing the whole moment-rotation curve, overcoming the main simplifying hypotheses currently employed in arboriculture practice.
|Name||Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering|
|Period||3/07/19 → 5/07/19|
- Bearing capacity
- Soil-structure interaction