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Bearing Capacity Of Shallow
Foundation
Bearing Capacity Of Shallow Foundation
* A foundation is required for distributing
the loads of the superstructure on a large
area.
* The foundation should be designed
such that
a) The soil below does not fail in shear &
b) Settlement is within the safe limits.
Basic Definitions :
1) Ultimate Bearing Capacity (qu) :
The ultimate bearing capacity is the
gross pressure at the base of the
foundation at which soil fails in shear.
2) Net ultimate Bearing Capacity (qnu) :
It is the net increase in pressure at the
base of foundation that cause shear failure
of the soil.
Thus, qnu = qu ± ȖDf (ovrbruden pressure)
3) Net Safe Bearing Capacity (qns) :
It is the net soil pressure which can be
safely applied to the soil considering only shear
failure.
Thus, qns = qnu /FOS
FOS  Factor of safety usually taken as 2.00 3.00
4) Gross Safe Bearing Capacity (qs) :
It is the maximum pressure which the soil can
carry safely without shear failure.
qs = qnu / FOS + Ȗ Df
5)Net Safe Settlement Pressure (qnp) :
It is the net pressure which the soil can
carry without exceeding allowable
settlement.
6) Net Allowable Bearing Pressure (qna ):
It is the net bearing pressure which can be
used for design of foundation.
Thus,
qna = qns ; if qnp > qns
qna = qnp ; if qns > qnp
It is also known as Allowable Soil Pressure
(ASP).
Modes of shear Failure :
Vesic (1973) classified shear failure of
soil under a foundation base into three
categories depending on the type of
soil & location of foundation.
1) General Shear failure.
2) Local Shear failure.
3) Punching Shear failure
General Shear failure ±
Strip footing resting on surface Load ±settlement curve
of dense sand or stiff clay
* The load  Settlement curve in case of footing resting on surface of dense sand
or stiff clays shows pronounced peak & failure occurs at very small stain.
* A loaded base on such soils sinks or tilts suddenly in to the ground showing a
surface heave of adjoining soil
* The shearing strength is fully mobilized all along the slip surface & hence
failure planes are well defined.
* The failure occurs at very small vertical strains accompanied by large lateral
strains.
* I
D
> 65 ,N>35, ĭ > 36
0
, e < 0.55
2) Local Shear failure 
* When load is equal to a certain value qu(1),
* The foundation movement is accompanied by sudden jerks.
* The failure surface gradually extend out wards from the foundation.
* The failure starts at localized spot beneath the foundation & migrates out
ward part by part gradually leading to ultimate failure.
* The shear strength of soil is not fully mobilized along planes & hence
failure planes are not defined clearly.
* The failure occurs at large vertical strain & very small lateral strains.
* I
D
= 15 to 65 , N=10 to 30 , ĭ <30, e>0.75
Strip footing resting on surface Load ±settlement curve
Of Medium sand or Medium clay
3) Punching Share failure 
* The loaded base sinks into soil like a punch.
* The failure surface do not extend up to the ground surface.
* No heave is observed.
* Large vertical strains are involved with practically no lateral
deformation.
* Failure planes are difficult to locate 222
Terzaghi¶s Bearing Capacity Analysis ±
Terzaghi (1943) analysed a shallow continuous footing by
making some assumptions ±
* The failure zones do not extend above the
horizontal plane passing through base of footing
* The failure occurs when the down ward pressure
exerted by loads on the soil adjoining the inclined
surfaces on soil wedge is equal to upward
pressure.
* Downward forces are due to the load (=qu× B) &
the weight of soil wedge (1/4 ȖB
2
tanØ)
* Upward forces are the vertical components of
resultant passive pressure (Pp) & the cohesion (c¶)
acting along the inclined surfaces.
For equilibrium:
ȈFv = 0
1 Ȗ B
2
tan ø + quxB = 2Pp +2C
¶ ×
Li sinø
¶
4
where Li = length of inclined surface CB
( = B/2 /cosø¶)
Therefore,
qu× B = 2Pp + BC
¶
tanø
¶
 ¼ Ȗ B
2
tanø¶ ± (1)
The resultant passive pressure (Pp) on the surface
CB & CA constitutes three components ie. (Pp)r,
(Pp)
c
& (Pp)
q
,
Thus,
Pp = (Pp)
r
+ (Pp)
c
+ (Pp)
q
qu× B= 2[ (Pp)
r
+(Pp)
c
+(Pp)
q
]+ Bc¶tanø
¶
¼Ȗ B
2
tanø
¶
Substituting; 2 (Pp)r  ¼rB
2
tanø
1
= B × ½ Ȗ BNr
2 (Pp)q = B × Ȗ DNq
& 2 (Pp)c + Bc
1
tanø
1
= B × C
1
Nc;
We get,
qu =C
¶
Nc + Ȗ Df Nq + 0.5 Ȗ B N Ȗ
This is Terzaghi¶s Bearing capacity equation for
determining ultimate bearing capacity of strip footing.
Where Nc, Nq & Nr are Terzaghi¶s bearing capacity
factors & depends on angle of shearing resistance (ø)
ø General Shear Failure Local Shear Failure
Nc Nq Nr Nc¶ Nq¶ Nr¶
0 5.7 1.0 0.0 5.7 1.0 0.0
15 12.9 4.4 2.5 9.7 2.7 0.9
45 172.3 173.3 297.5 51.2 35.1 37.7
Important points :
* Terzaghi¶s Bearing Capacity equation is applicable
for general shear failure.
* Terzaghi has suggested following empirical reduction to
actual c & ø in case of local shear failure
Mobilised cohesion Cm = 2/3 C
Mobilised angle of øm = tan
±1
(Ҁtanø)
Thus, Nc
¶
,Nq
¶
& Nr
¶
are B.C. factors for local shear failure
qu = CmNc¶+ Ȗ Df Nq
¶
+ 0.5 Ȗ B Nr
¶
* Ultimate Bearing Capacity for square & Circular footing Based
on the experimental results, Terzaghi¶s suggested following
equations for UBC ±
Square footing qu = 1.2c
¶
Nc + Ȗ Df Nq + 0.4 Ȗ BNr
Circular footing qu = 1.2c
1
Nc + Ȗ Df Nq + 0.3 Ȗ BNr
Effect of water table on Bearing
Capacity :
* The equation for ultimate bearing
capacity by Terzaghi has been
developed based on assumption that
water table is located at a great depth .
* If the water table is located close to
foundation ; the equation needs
modification.
i) When water table is located above the base of
footing 
* The effective surcharge is reduced as the
effective weight below water table is
equal to submerged unit weight.
q = Dw.r +x.Ȗ
sub
put x = DfDw
q = Ȗ
sub
Df +( Ȗ Ȗ
sub
)Dw
Thus,
qu = c
¶
Nc + [Ȗ
sub
Df +(Ȗ  Ȗ
sub
)Dw] Nq + 0.5 Ȗ
sub
BNr
When, Dw =0
qu =c
¶
Nc + Ȗ
sub
Nc + 0.5 Ȗ
sub
BNr
& when x = 0
qu = c
¶
Nc + Ȗ Df Nq + 0.5 Ȗ
sub
BNr
ii) When water table is located at depth y below base :
* Surcharge term is not affected.
* Unit weight in term is Ȗ = Ȗ
sub
+ y ( Ȗ ± Ȗ
sub
)
B
Thus,
qu = c
¶
Nc + Ȗ Df Nq + 0.5B Ȗ Nr
When y = B ; W.T. at B below base of footing.
qu = c
¶
Nc + Ȗ Df Nq + 0.5 B Ȗ Nr
Hence when ground water table is at b B, the equation is not
affected.
Hansen¶s Bearing Capacity Equation :
Hansen¶s Bearing capacity equation is :
qu = cNcScdcic + qNqSqdqiq + 0.5 Ȗ BNrSrdr ir
where,
Nc,Nq, & Nr are Hansen¶s B.C factors which are
some what smaller than Terzaghi¶s B.C. factors.
Sc.Sq &Sr are shape factors which are
independent of angle of shearing resistance;
dc,dq, & dr are depth factors ;
Ic, iq & ir are iodination factors
The same form of equation has been
adopted by I.S. 6403 ±1971 & may be used
for general form as
qnu = c Nc Sc dc ic + q(Nq1)Sqdqiq + 0.5 Ȗ BNrSrdr ir W¶
Settlement of foundation :
a) Settlement under loads
Settlement of foundation can be classified as
1. Elastic settlement (Si): Elastic or immediate
settlement takes place during or immediately after
the construction of the structure. It is also known as
the distortion settlement as it is due to distortions
within foundation soil.
2. Consolidation settlement (Sc): Consolidation
settlement occurs due to gradual expulsion of water
from the voids at the soil. It is determined using
Terzaghi's theory of consolidation.
3. Secondary consolidation settlement (Ss): The
settlement occurs after completion of the primary
consolidation. The secondary consolidation is non
significant for inorganic soils.
Thus,
Total settlement (s) = Si+ Sc + Ss
b) Settlement due to other causes
1. Structural collapse of soil.
2. Underground erosion.
3. Lowering of water table. .
4. Thermal changes.
5. Subsidence etc.
Elastic settlement of foundation :
a) On Cohesive soils
According to schleicher, the vertical settlement
under uniformly distributed flexible area is,
Si = q B 1 ȝ
2
/Es I
where
q uniformly distributed load.
B  characteristic length of loaded area,
Es  modulus of elasticity of the soil.
ȝ  poisson's ratio.
I  influence factor which dependent upon
elastic properties of base & shape at base.
Alternatively, the value of [1 ȝ
2
/Es] I can be
determined from the plate load test.
b) On Cohesionless Soils
According to Stuartmann & Hartman immediate
settlement on Cohesionless soils is given by 
Where, C
1
Correction factor for depth of foundation
embedment
C
2
 correction factor for creep is soils.
q  pressure at the level of foundation
q surcharge (Ȗ Df)
E
s
modulus of elasticity = 766 N (KN/m
2
) from SPT
= 2q
c
from SCPT
´ )
¦
=
A =
ZB
Z
S
i
E
I
q q C C S
0
2
2 1
Settlement of foundation on Cohesionless Soils
Settlement of foundations on Cohesionless soils are
generally determined indirectly using the semiempirical
methods.
1. Static Cone Penetration method
In this, the sand layer is divided into small layers such
that each small layer has approximately constant value
of the cone resistance. The average value of the cone
resistance of each small layer is determined.
The settlement of each layer is determined using the
following equation
S = H/C Log (ı
0 + ǻ
ı) / ı
0
Where, c = 1.5 qc/ ı
0
in which q
C
 static cone resistance
ı
0
 mean effective overburden pressure,
ǻ
ı  Increase is pressure at center of layer
due to net foundation pressure.
H  thickness of layer.
The total settlement of the entire layer is
equal to the sum of settlements of individual layers.
2. Standard Penetration Test
IS 8009 (part I) 1976 gives a chart for the calculation of
settlement per unit pressure as a foundation of the width
of footing & the standard penetration number.
3. Plate Load Test
The settlement of the footing can be determined from
the settlement of the plate in the plate load test.
Differential Settlement :
* The difference between the magnitudes of
settlements at any two points is known as
differential settlement.
* If there is large differential settlement
between various part of a structure, distortion
may occur due to additional moments
developed.
* The differential settlement may caused due
to tilting of a rigid base, dishing of flexible
base or due to non uniformity of loading.
* If S
1
& S
2
are the settlements at two
points,then differential settlement is
A = S
1
S
2
Angular distortion = (S
1
 S
2
) / L = A /L
* It is difficult to predict the differential
settlement.
* It is generally observed indirectly
from the maximum settlement.
* It is observed that the differential
settlement is less than 50% of the
maximum settlement is most of the
cases.
The differential settlement can be
reduced by providing rigid rafts,
founding the structures at great depth
& avoiding the eccentric loading.
Allowable Settlement
* The allowable maximum settlement
depends upon the type of soil, the type of
foundation & the structural framing system.
* The maximum settlement ranging from
20mm to 300mm is generally permitted for
various structures.
* IS 19041978 gives values of the maximum
& differential settlements of different type of
building.
Sand & hard
Clay
Plastic clay
Max.Settle. Diff.Settl Angular
distortion
Max.Settle Diff.
Settle.
Angular
distortion
Isolated
foundation
i) steel struct
ii) RCC struct
50mm
50mm
0.0033L
0.0015L
1/300
1/666
50mm
75mm
0.0033L
0.0015L
1/300
1/666
Raft
foundation
i) steel struct
ii) Rcc struct.
75mm
75mm
0.0033L
0.002L
1/300
1/500
100mm
100mm
0.0033L
0.002L
1/300
1/500
Theoretically, no damage is done to the superstructure
if the soil settles uniformly.
However, settlements exceeding 150mm may cause
trouble to utilities such as water pipe lines, sewers,
telephone lines & also is access from streets.
Consolidation Settlement :
* Compressibility of soil is the property of the soil due to
which a decrease in volume occurs under compressive
forces.
* The compression of soils can occurs due to
A) Compression of solid particles & water in the voids.
B) Compression & expulsion of air in the voids.
C) Expulsion of water in the voids.
* The compression of a saturated soil under a steady
pressure is known as consolidation. It is entirely due to
expulsion of water from the voids. Due to expulsion of
water, the solid particle shift from one position to the other
by rolling & sliding & thus attain a closer packing causing
reduction in volume.
Consolidation of laterally confined soil:
When a pressure A o, is applied to a saturated soil
sample of unit cross sectional area, the pressure is
shared by the solid particles & water as
A o + u = A o,
Initially, just after the application of pressure, the
entire load is taken by water in form of excess
hydrostatic pressure ( u ), thus,
0 + ( u , ) = A o,
The excess hydrostatic pressure so developed sets
up a hydraulic gradient, & the water starts escaping
from the voids. As the water escapes, the applied
pressure is transferred from the water to the solids.
Thus at t = tf,
A o + 0 = A o,
As the effective stress increases the volume of soil
decreases & consolidation completes under A o, load.
Laboratory Consolidation Test:
* The consolidation test is conducted in a laboratory study
the compressibility of soil.
* Consolidation test apparatus, known as consolidometer or
an odometer consists a loading device & a cylindrical
container called as consolidation cell. Consolidation cell are of
two types, i) free ring or floating ring cell &
ii) fixed ring cell
* The internal diameter of the cell is 60 mm & thickness of
sample taken is usually 20 mm.
* The consolidometer has arrangements for application of
the desired load increment,saturation of sample &
measurement of change in thickness of sample at every stage
of consolidation process
* An initial setting load of about 5 kN/ m
2
is applied to sample.
* The first increment of load to give a pressure of 10 KN/ m
2
is then
applied to the specimen, the dial gauge readings are taken after 0.25,
1.0, 2,4,9,16,«« etc up to the 24 hours.
* The second increment of load is then applied. The successive
pressures usually applied are 20,40, 80, 160 & 320 KN/ m
2
etc till the
desired maximum load intensity is reached.
( Actual loading on soil after construction of structure)
* After consolidation under final load increment is complete, the load
is reduced to ¼th of final load & allowed to stand for 24 hours. The
sample swells & reading of dial gauge is taken when swelling is
complete. The process is repeated till complete unloading.
Immediately after complete unloading, the weight of ring & sample is
taken. The sample is dried in over for 24 hours & its dry mass Ms is
taken.
Consolidation test results
1) Dial gauge reading time plot :
y Plotted for each load increment
y Required for determining the coefficient of consolidation.
y Useful for obtaining the rate of consolidation in field.
2) Final void ratio ± effective stress plot:
y Plotted for entire consolidation process under
desired load.
y Required for determination of the magnitude of the
consolidation settlements in field.
3) final void ratio ± log o plot
4)Loading, unloading & reloading plot
Important Definations
1) Coefficient of compressibility ( av) is defined as
decrease in void ratio per unit increase in effective stress.
av = de/do = Ae/ Ao ( slope of e  o curve units ± m
2
/KN )
2) Coefficient of volume change ( mv) is defined as the
volumetric strain per unit increase in effective stress.
mv =  (Av / v o)/ Ao in which,
vo ± initial volume,
Av ± change in volume
A o  change in effective stress
a) mv = (Ae / 1+ eo)/ A o
b) for one dimension, Av = AH
mv =  (AH / Ho) / Ao
also mv = av / (1+ eo )
in which, eo initial void ratio.
Ae  change in void ratio.
Ho initial thickness.
AH ± change in thickness.
3) Compression index ( Cc) is equal to the slope
of the linear portion of the void ration versus log
o plot.
Cc =  A e/ log
10
(o
0
+ A o) / o
0
in which, o
0
= initial effective stress.
Ao  change in effective stress.
Empirical relationship after Terzaghi & Peck;
a) for undisturbed soils Cc = 0.009 ( W
L
 10 )
b) for remoulded soils Cc = 0.007 ( W
L
 10 )
c) Also Cc = 0.54 ( eo ± 0.35 )
Cc = 0.0054 ( 2.6 wo 35 )
y Normally consolidated soil : A normally
consolidated soil is one which had not been
subjected to a pressure greater than the
present existing pressure. The portion AB
of loading ±unloading curve represent the
soil in normally consolidated condition.
y Over consolidated soil:  A soil is said to
over consolidated if it had been subjected in
the past to a pressure in excess of the
present pressure. The soil in the range CD
(loading ±unloading curve) when it
recompressed represent overconsolidated
condition.
y Normally consolidated soils &
Overconsolidated soils are not different types of
soils but these are conditions in which a soil
exists.
y Preconsolidation Pressure The maximum
pressure to which an overconsolidated soil had
been subjected in the past is known as
preconsolidation pressure or overconsolidation
pressure ( oc)
y When a soil specimen is taken from a natural
deposit, the weight of overlying material is
removed. This causes an expansion soil due to
reduction in pressure. Thus the specimen is
generally preconsolidated.
Final Settlement Of Soil Deposit In The Field
y For computation of final settlement, the coefficient of
volume change or compression index (Cc) is required. For
time rate of computation, the Terzaghi¶s theory is used.
y Final settlement using coefficient of volume change :
Let Ho = initial thickness of clay deposit.Consider a small
element of thickness ǻz at depth z.
Ao = effective pressure increment causing settlement.
Then AH = mv Ho (Aı )
Representing the final settlement as Asf & taking Ho = Az
Thus, total settlement of the complete layer,
alternatively

1
) ........(2 i ) z ( i ) ( i ) mv ( A ¯ A ¯ =
=
n
i
Sf
1) ( ........ Ho
, tan & mv both
mv
0
¯ A =
¯ A
A ¯ A ¦ = A ¦ =
mv SF
t cons are if
z H SF sf
Ho
Ho
Final Settlement Using Void Ratio
The value of A e corresponding to the
given load increment is read off from e ± ı
plot & substituted in ±
A H = Ho (A e / 1 + eo )
i.e Sf = Ho (A e / 1 + eo )««. (1)
where eo is the initial void ratio. The usual
practice is not to use Ae but to use the
coefficient of compression (Cc) or
coefficient of recompression index ( Cr)
a) Normally Consolidated Soils  The compression index of
a normally considered soil is constant.
Cc ı
0 + ǻ
ı
Sf = Ho Log
1+e
0 10
ı
0
b) Pre Consolidated Soils 
Cr ı
0 + ǻ
ı
Sf = Ho Log
1+e
0 10
ı
0
The above equation is applicable when (ı
0 + ǻ
ı) < ı
c.
Bearing Capacity Of Shallow Foundation * A foundation is required for distributing the loads of the superstructure on a large area. * The foundation should be designed such that a) The soil below does not fail in shear & b) Settlement is within the safe limits.
Basic Definitions : 1) Ultimate Bearing Capacity (qu) : The ultimate bearing capacity is the gross pressure at the base of the foundation at which soil fails in shear. 2) Net ultimate Bearing Capacity (qnu) : It is the net increase in pressure at the base of foundation that cause shear failure of the soil. Thus, qnu = qu ± Df (ovrbruden pressure)
3) Net Safe Bearing Capacity (qns) : It is the net soil pressure which can be safely applied to the soil considering only shear failure. Thus, qns = qnu /FOS
FOS  Factor of safety usually taken as 2.00 3.00
4) Gross Safe Bearing Capacity (qs) : It is the maximum pressure which the soil can carry safely without shear failure. qs = qnu / FOS + Df
qna = qns . if qns > qnp It is also known as Allowable Soil Pressure (ASP). Thus.5)Net Safe Settlement Pressure (qnp) : It is the net pressure which the soil can carry without exceeding allowable settlement. if qnp > qns qna = qnp . . 6) Net Allowable Bearing Pressure (qna ): It is the net bearing pressure which can be used for design of foundation.
2) Local Shear failure.Modes of shear Failure : Vesic (1973) classified shear failure of soil under a foundation base into three categories depending on the type of soil & location of foundation. 1) General Shear failure. 3) Punching Shear failure .
* ID > 65 .Settlement curve in case of footing resting on surface of dense sand or stiff clays shows pronounced peak & failure occurs at very small stain.55 .N>35.General Shear failure ± Strip footing resting on surface of dense sand or stiff clay Load ±settlement curve * The load . * The failure occurs at very small vertical strains accompanied by large lateral strains. * A loaded base on such soils sinks or tilts suddenly in to the ground showing a surface heave of adjoining soil * The shearing strength is fully mobilized all along the slip surface & hence failure planes are well defined. > 360. e < 0.
* ID = 15 to 65 . * The failure occurs at large vertical strain & very small lateral strains. <30. N=10 to 30 . * The failure surface gradually extend out wards from the foundation.75 . Load ±settlement curve * The foundation movement is accompanied by sudden jerks. e>0. * The failure starts at localized spot beneath the foundation & migrates out ward part by part gradually leading to ultimate failure. * The shear strength of soil is not fully mobilized along planes & hence failure planes are not defined clearly.2) Local Shear failure  Strip footing resting on surface Of Medium sand or Medium clay * When load is equal to a certain value qu(1).
* The failure surface do not extend up to the ground surface.3) Punching Share failure  * The loaded base sinks into soil like a punch. * Failure planes are difficult to locate 222 . * Large vertical strains are involved with practically no lateral deformation. * No heave is observed.
Terzaghi¶s Bearing Capacity Analysis ± Terzaghi (1943) analysed a shallow continuous footing by making some assumptions ± .
* The failure zones do not extend above the horizontal plane passing through base of footing * The failure occurs when the down ward pressure exerted by loads on the soil adjoining the inclined surfaces on soil wedge is equal to upward pressure. * Downward forces are due to the load (=qu× B) & the weight of soil wedge (1/4 B2 tanØ) * Upward forces are the vertical components of resultant passive pressure (Pp) & the cohesion (c¶) acting along the inclined surfaces. .
qu× B = 2Pp + BC¶ tanø¶ . (Pp)r.(1) The resultant passive pressure (Pp) on the surface CB & CA constitutes three components ie.For equilibrium: Fv = 0 1 B2tan ø + quxB = 2Pp +2C¶ × Li sinø¶ 4 where Li = length of inclined surface CB ( = B/2 /cosø¶) Therefore.¼ B2tanø¶ ±. Thus. (Pp)c & (Pp) q. Pp = (Pp)r + (Pp)c + (Pp)q .
5 = B × ½ BNr = B × D Nq = B × C1 Nc.¼rB2tanø1 2 (Pp)q & 2 (Pp)c + Bc1 tanø1 We get. Nq & Nr are Terzaghi¶s bearing capacity factors & depends on angle of shearing resistance (ø) . 2 (Pp)r .qu× B= 2[ (Pp)r +(Pp)c +(Pp)q ]+ Bc¶tanø¶¼ B2 tanø¶ Substituting. qu =C¶Nc + Df Nq + 0. BN This is Terzaghi¶s Bearing capacity equation for determining ultimate bearing capacity of strip footing. Where Nc.
3 297.0 15 12.3 173.7 1.2 35.7 1.0 0.7 0.ø General Shear Failure Local Shear Failure Nc Nq Nr Nc¶ Nq¶ Nr¶ 0 5.4 2.1 37.9 45 172.0 5.9 4.0 0.7 .5 9.7 2.5 51.
Nc¶.Nq¶ & Nr¶ are B. Terzaghi¶s suggested following equations for UBC ± Square footing qu = 1.4 BNr Circular footing qu = 1.2c¶ Nc + Df Nq + 0.2c1Nc + Df Nq + 0. * Terzaghi has suggested following empirical reduction to actual c & ø in case of local shear failure Mobilised cohesion Cm = 2/3 C Mobilised angle of øm = tan ±1 ( tanø) Thus.Important points : * Terzaghi¶s Bearing Capacity equation is applicable for general shear failure.5 B Nr¶ * Ultimate Bearing Capacity for square & Circular footing Based on the experimental results. factors for local shear failure qu = CmNc¶+ Df Nq¶+ 0.C.3 BNr .
Effect of water table on Bearing Capacity : * The equation for ultimate bearing capacity by Terzaghi has been developed based on assumption that water table is located at a great depth . * If the water table is located close to foundation . . the equation needs modification.
i) When water table is located above the base of footing  * The effective surcharge is reduced as the effective weight below water table is equal to submerged unit weight.r +x. sub put x = DfDw q = sub Df +( . q = Dw.sub)Dw .
Thus. qu = c¶Nc + [ When. Dw =0 qu =c¶Nc + sub sub Df +(  sub )Dw] Nq + 0.5 sub BNr .5 sub BNr Nc + 0.5 sub BNr & when x = 0 qu = c¶Nc + Df Nq + 0.
T. * Unit weight in term is Thus. W.5B Nr = sub + y ( B ± sub) When y = B . at B below base of footing.ii) When water table is located at depth y below base : * Surcharge term is not affected.5 B Nr Hence when ground water table is at b B. qu = c¶Nc + Df Nq + 0. qu = c¶Nc + Df Nq + 0. . the equation is not affected.
& dr are depth factors . iq & ir are iodination factors .Sq &Sr are shape factors which are independent of angle of shearing resistance.dq. Ic. dc.Nq.C factors which are some what smaller than Terzaghi¶s B.5 BNrSrdr ir where. & Nr are Hansen¶s B.Hansen¶s Bearing Capacity Equation : Hansen¶s Bearing capacity equation is : qu = cNcScdcic + qNqSqdqiq + 0. factors. Sc. Nc.C.
The same form of equation has been adopted by I.S. 6403 ±1971 & may be used for general form as qnu = c Nc Sc dc ic + q(Nq1)Sqdqiq + 0.5 BNrSrdr ir W¶ .
It is also known as the distortion settlement as it is due to distortions within foundation soil. Consolidation settlement (Sc): Consolidation settlement occurs due to gradual expulsion of water from the voids at the soil. The secondary consolidation is nonsignificant for inorganic soils. 3. .Settlement of foundation : a) Settlement under loads Settlement of foundation can be classified as1. Secondary consolidation settlement (Ss): The settlement occurs after completion of the primary consolidation. It is determined using Terzaghi's theory of consolidation. Elastic settlement (Si): Elastic or immediate settlement takes place during or immediately after the construction of the structure. 2.
Thus. 4. 2. Thermal changes. Underground erosion. Total settlement (s) = Si+ Sc + Ss b) Settlement due to other causes 1. . Lowering of water table. Structural collapse of soil. 3. Subsidence etc. 5. .
Si = q B 1 2/Es I where q uniformly distributed load. Es . B . .Elastic settlement of foundation : a) On Cohesive soils According to schleicher.influence factor which dependent upon elastic properties of base & shape at base. Alternatively. the vertical settlement under uniformly distributed flexible area is.modulus of elasticity of the soil. the value of [1. I .2/Es] I can be determined from the plate load test.characteristic length of loaded area.poisson's ratio. .
b) On Cohesionless Soils According to Stuartmann & Hartman immediate settlement on Cohesionless soils is given by  I2 ( Si ! C1C2 .
C1 Correction factor for depth of foundation embedment C2 .q q ´ E Z !0 S Where. q .correction factor for creep is soils.modulus of elasticity = 766 N (KN/m2) from SPT = 2qc from SCPT ZB .pressure at the level of foundation q surcharge ( Df) Es.
The settlement of each layer is determined using the following equationS = H/C Log ( 0+ )/ 0 0 Where. c = 1. the sand layer is divided into small layers such that each small layer has approximately constant value of the cone resistance.Settlement of foundation on Cohesionless Soils Settlement of foundations on Cohesionless soils are generally determined indirectly using the semiempirical methods.5 qc/ . The average value of the cone resistance of each small layer is determined. 1. Static Cone Penetration method In this.
in which qC . H .mean effective overburden pressure.. 0 . The total settlement of the entire layer is equal to the sum of settlements of individual layers. 3.thickness of layer.Increase is pressure at center of layer due to net foundation pressure. Standard Penetration Test IS 8009 (part I) 1976 gives a chart for the calculation of settlement per unit pressure as a foundation of the width of footing & the standard penetration number. 2. Plate Load Test The settlement of the footing can be determined from the settlement of the plate in the plate load test.static cone resistance .
distortion may occur due to additional moments developed. * The differential settlement may caused due to tilting of a rigid base.S2 ) / L = ( /L . * If there is large differential settlement between various part of a structure.then differential settlement is ( = S1 S2 Angular distortion = (S1. dishing of flexible base or due to non uniformity of loading.Differential Settlement : * The difference between the magnitudes of settlements at any two points is known as differential settlement. * If S1 & S2 are the settlements at two points.
* It is difficult to predict the differential settlement. founding the structures at great depth & avoiding the eccentric loading. * It is generally observed indirectly from the maximum settlement. . * It is observed that the differential settlement is less than 50% of the maximum settlement is most of the cases. The differential settlement can be reduced by providing rigid rafts.
. * The maximum settlement ranging from 20mm to 300mm is generally permitted for various structures.Allowable Settlement * The allowable maximum settlement depends upon the type of soil. the type of foundation & the structural framing system. * IS 19041978 gives values of the maximum & differential settlements of different type of building.
0015L 1/666 75mm 75mm 0.Settl Angular distortion Max. settlements exceeding 150mm may cause trouble to utilities such as water pipe lines. 50mm 50mm 0. no damage is done to the superstructure if the soil settles uniformly. Diff.0033L 1/300 0.0015L 1/300 1/666 50mm 75mm 0. sewers.Sand & hard Clay Max. However.0033L 0.002L 1/500 Theoretically.Settle.0033L 0. Settle. telephone lines & also is access from streets.Settle Plastic clay Diff. Angular distortion Isolated foundation i) steel struct ii) RCC struct Raft foundation i) steel struct ii) Rcc struct. .002L 1/300 1/500 100mm 100mm 0.0033L 1/300 0.
Due to expulsion of water. . B) Compression & expulsion of air in the voids.Consolidation Settlement : * Compressibility of soil is the property of the soil due to which a decrease in volume occurs under compressive forces. the solid particle shift from one position to the other by rolling & sliding & thus attain a closer packing causing reduction in volume. It is entirely due to expulsion of water from the voids. * The compression of soils can occurs due toA) Compression of solid particles & water in the voids. C) Expulsion of water in the voids. * The compression of a saturated soil under a steady pressure is known as consolidation.
) = ( W. load.sectional area. The excess hydrostatic pressure so developed sets up a hydraulic gradient. Thus at t = tf. the pressure is shared by the solid particles & water as ( W + u = ( W. is applied to a saturated soil sample of unit cross. ( W + 0 = ( W. the applied pressure is transferred from the water to the solids. 0 + ( u . thus. Initially. & the water starts escaping from the voids.Consolidation of laterally confined soil: When a pressure ( W. the entire load is taken by water in form of excess hydrostatic pressure ( u ). As the water escapes. just after the application of pressure. . As the effective stress increases the volume of soil decreases & consolidation completes under ( W.
* Consolidation test apparatus. * The consolidometer has arrangements for application of the desired load increment.Laboratory Consolidation Test: * The consolidation test is conducted in a laboratory study the compressibility of soil.saturation of sample & measurement of change in thickness of sample at every stage of consolidation process . i) free ring or floating ring cell & ii) fixed ring cell * The internal diameter of the cell is 60 mm & thickness of sample taken is usually 20 mm. Consolidation cell are of two types. known as consolidometer or an odometer consists a loading device & a cylindrical container called as consolidation cell.
40. The process is repeated till complete unloading. 2. the weight of ring & sample is taken.* An initial setting load of about 5 kN/ m 2 is applied to sample.4. Immediately after complete unloading. the dial gauge readings are taken after 0.25. increment of load is then applied. The successive pressures usually applied are 20.0. the load is reduced to ¼th of final load & allowed to stand for 24 hours. 80.9. * The first increment of load to give a pressure of 10 KN/ m2 is then applied to the specimen. The sample is dried in over for 24 hours & its dry mass Ms is taken. 1. ( Actual loading on soil after construction of structure) * The second * After consolidation under final load increment is complete.16. The sample swells & reading of dial gauge is taken when swelling is complete.«« etc up to the 24 hours. . 160 & 320 KN/ m 2 etc till the desired maximum load intensity is reached.
Consolidation test results 1) y y y Dial gauge reading time plot : Plotted for each load increment Required for determining the coefficient of consolidation. Useful for obtaining the rate of consolidation in field. .
2) Final void ratio ± effective stress plot: y Plotted for entire consolidation process under desired load. y Required for determination of the magnitude of the consolidation settlements in field. .
3) final void ratio ± log W plot .
4)Loading. unloading & reloading plot .
(H ± change in thickness. eo. .Important Definations 1) Coefficient of compressibility ( av) is defined as decrease in void ratio per unit increase in effective stress.change in effective stress a) mv = ((e / 1+ eo)/ ( W b) for one dimension.((v / v o)/ (W in which. mv = . (e .W curve units ± m 2 /KN ) 2) Coefficient of volume change ( mv) is defined as the volumetric strain per unit increase in effective stress. vo ± initial volume. av = de/dW = (e/ (W ( slope of e . Ho initial thickness.change in void ratio.initial void ratio. (v = (H mv = .((H / Ho) / (W also mv = av / (1+ eo ) in which. (v ± change in volume ( W .
54 ( eo ± 0.35 ) . Cc = . (W .change in effective stress.10 ) b) for remoulded soils Cc = 0. Empirical relationship after Terzaghi & Peck.10 ) c) Also Cc = 0.6 wo. a) for undisturbed soils Cc = 0. W0 = initial effective stress.35 ) Cc = 0.0054 ( 2.3) Compression index ( Cc) is equal to the slope of the linear portion of the void ration versus log W plot.009 ( W L.( e/ log 10 (W 0 + ( W) / W0 in which.007 ( W L.
y Over consolidated soil: . The portion AB of loading ±unloading curve represent the soil in normally consolidated condition. . The soil in the range CD (loading ±unloading curve) when it recompressed represent overconsolidated condition.A normally consolidated soil is one which had not been subjected to a pressure greater than the present existing pressure.y Normally consolidated soil :.A soil is said to over consolidated if it had been subjected in the past to a pressure in excess of the present pressure.
Thus the specimen is generally preconsolidated. y Preconsolidation Pressure.The maximum pressure to which an overconsolidated soil had been subjected in the past is known as preconsolidation pressure or overconsolidation pressure ( Wc) y When a soil specimen is taken from a natural deposit. .y Normally consolidated soils & Overconsolidated soils are not different types of soils but these are conditions in which a soil exists. This causes an expansion soil due to reduction in pressure. the weight of overlying material is removed.
SF ! mv ( x Ho .... the coefficient of volume change or compression index (Cc) is required..Consider a small element of thickness z at depth z.... y Final settlement using coefficient of volume change : Let Ho = initial thickness of clay deposit. sf ! ´ 0 Ho (SF ! ´ H Ho mv ( x (z if both mv & ( x are cons tan t ... the Terzaghi¶s theory is used. For time rate of computation. Then (H = mv Ho (( ) Representing the final settlement as (sf & taking Ho = (z Thus.. total settlement of the complete layer. (W = effective pressure increment causing settlement.....(2)  . ( 1) alternatively n i !1 Sf ! § ( mv ) i ( ( x ) i ( (z ) i .Final Settlement Of Soil Deposit In The Field y For computation of final settlement.
(1) where eo is the initial void ratio. The usual practice is not to use (e but to use the coefficient of compression (Cc) or coefficient of recompression index ( Cr) .e Sf = Ho (( e / 1 + eo )««.Final Settlement Using Void Ratio The value of ( e corresponding to the given load increment is read off from e ± plot & substituted in ± ( H = Ho (( e / 1 + eo ) i.
. Cc Sf = 1+e0 Ho Log 10 0 0+ b) Pre Consolidated Soils Cr Sf = 1+e0 Ho Log 10 0 0+ The above equation is applicable when ( 0+ )< c.The compression index of a normally considered soil is constant.a) Normally Consolidated Soils .