Failure envelopes and plastic potentials for eccentrically loaded surface footings on undrained soil

M. Fraser Bransby

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    Abstract

    The failure envelope in V–M space for surface foundations on undrained material under eccentric loading can be determined using an extended version of the scaling (or effective area) concept of Meyerhof. A similar displacement transformation allows production of the plastic potential. The two-dimensional finite element analyses of fully attached foundations subject to combined vertical (V) and moment (M) loading have been used to calculate appropriate scaling points for deduction of the failure envelope and plastic potential. Failure envelopes and plastic potentials are presented for footings on uniform and non-uniform undrained material and it is seen that the equivalent ‘critical state’ or ‘parallel point’ lies slightly beneath the peak moment capacity. For accurate prediction of failure envelopes for footings on non-uniform strength soil, consideration must be made of the apparent reduction of the soil heterogeneity as the area of footing in contact with the soil decreases.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-346
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

    • Bearing capacity
    • Foundations
    • Plastic potential
    • Undrained

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