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Elements of Soil Mechanics, 8th Edition

Examples 8.3 and 8.4

This spreadsheet is used to solve Examples 8.3 and 8.4.

Although the worksheet contains the data for Examples 8.3 & 8.4 from the
data may be changed so that the reader can see the effect of varying the
foundation dimensions etc.

Select any worksheet to enter data and view results.

Ian Smith, Sept 2005


8.4.

ples 8.3 & 8.4 from the book, the


e effect of varying the soil properties,

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Bearing Capacity: Rectangular footing, regular loading
Example 8.3 - Case (i) - undrained conditions

Length of footing L= 4.00 m


Breadth of footing B= 2.00 m
Foundation depth d= 1.00 m

Unit weight of soil γsoil = 20.00 kN/m3


Undrained strength of soil cu = 24.00 kPa
Angle of shearing resistance φu = 0.00 º

Enter values into blue fields.

Bearing Capacity results:


Ultimate bearing capacity qu = 182.4 kPa
Bearing capacity factors
Nc = 5.14
Nq = 1.00
Nγ = 0.00

Shape factors
Sc = 1.10
Sq = 1.00
Sγ = 0.80

Depth factors
Dc = 1.20
Dq = 1.00
Dγ = 1.00
Bearing Capacity: Rectangular footing, regular loading
Example 8.3 - Case (ii) - drained conditions

Length of footing L= 4.00 m


Breadth of footing B= 2.00 m
Foundation depth d= 1.00 m

Unit weight of soil γsoil = 20.00 kN/m3


Effective cohesion c' = 0.00 kPa
Effective angle of shearing resis φ' = 25.00 º

Enter values into blue fields.

Bearing Capacity results:


Ultimate bearing capacity qu = 477.9 kPa
Bearing capacity factors
Nc = 20.72
Nq = 10.66
Nγ = 10.88

Shape factors
Sc = 1.26
Sq = 1.23
Sγ = 0.80

Depth factors
Dc = 1.20
Dq = 1.16
Dγ = 1.00
Bearing Capacity: Rectangular footing, regular loading
Example 8.4 - Case (i) - undrained conditions

Length of footing L= 4.00 m


Breadth of footing B= 2.00 m
Foundation depth d= 1.00 m

Unit weight of soil γsoil = 20.00 kN/m3


Undrained strength of soil cu = 24.00 kPa
Angle of shearing resistance φu = 0.00 º
Lumped safety factor F= 3.00

Enter values into blue fields.

Bearing Capacity results:


Ultimate bearing capacity qu = 182.43 kPa

Net ultimate bearing capacity qu net = 162.43 kPa

Safe bearing capacity qsafe = 74.14 kPa


Bearing capacity factors
Nc = 5.14
Nq = 1.00
Nγ = 0.00

Shape factors
Sc = 1.10
Sq = 1.00
Sγ = 0.80

Depth factors
Dc = 1.20
Dq = 1.00
Dγ = 1.00
Bearing Capacity: Rectangular footing, regular loading
Example 8.4 - Case (ii) - drained conditions

Length of footing L= 4.00 m


Breadth of footing B= 2.00 m
Foundation depth d= 1.00 m

Unit weight of soil γsoil = 20.00 kN/m3


Effective cohesion c' = 0.00 kPa
Effective angle of shearing resis φ' = 25.00 º
Lumped safety factor F= 3.00

Enter values into blue fields.

Bearing Capacity results:


Ultimate bearing capacity qu = 477.86 kPa

Net ultimate bearing capacity qu net = 457.86 kPa

Safe bearing capacity qsafe = 172.62 kPa


Bearing capacity factors
Nc = 20.72
Nq = 10.66
Nγ = 10.88

Shape factors
Sc = 1.26
Sq = 1.23
Sγ = 0.80

Depth factors
Dc = 1.20
Dq = 1.16
Dγ = 1.00
This spreadsheet has been downloaded from the website that supports
Smith's Elements of Soil Mechanics, 8th Edition

Published by Blackwell Publishing, May 2006

ISBN: 1-4051-3370-8

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Please note:
This spreadsheet is an aid for learning and should really only be
used in conjunction with the relevant section in the book.

It is not intended for use in geotechnical design.

Ian Smith, May 2006

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