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Influence of Shape of Footing on Coefficient of Elastic Uniform Compression of Foundation Soils

  • C. N. V. Satyanarayana ReddyEmail author
  • G. V. Usha Rani
Technical Note

Abstract

Coefficient of elastic uniform compression (Cu) of soil, used in the determination of soil spring stiffness for design of foundations of industrial structures and structures subjected to dynamic loads, is generally determined from cyclic plate load tests. The values of Cu determined with respect to test plate size are corrected for actual foundation size based on Barkan’s equation. However, no established shape factor is available from the literature for arriving at the value of Cu of circular footing from Cu determined from plate load test results on square test plates. Hence, in the present work, the effect of shape of loading plate on Cu is studied in cohesionless and cohesive soils through small-scale cyclic load tests conducted in the laboratory using square and circular loading plates of same size. The results of study revealed that the value of coefficient of elastic uniform compression (Cu) of square test plate is about 0.85 and 1.2 times of Cu of circular plate in fine sand and cohesive soils, respectively.

Keywords

Cyclic load test Soil spring stiffness Shape effect Fine sand Coefficient of elastic uniform compression Cohesive soils 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. N. V. Satyanarayana Reddy
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. V. Usha Rani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil Engineering, College of EngineeringAndhra UniversityVisakhapatnamIndia

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