Principles of Geotechnical Enginee...

9th Edition
Braja M. Das + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305970939



Principles of Geotechnical Enginee...

9th Edition
Braja M. Das + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305970939
Textbook Problem

Redo Problem 16.2 using the modified general ultimate bearing capacity Eq. (16.31).

16.1 A continuous footing is shown in Figure 16.17. Using Terzaghi’s bearing capacity factors, determine the gross allowable load per unit area (qall) that the footing can carry. Assume general shear failure. Given: γ = 19 kN/m3, c′ = 31kN/m2, ϕ = 28 ° , Df = 1.5 m, B = 2 m, and factor of safety = 3.5.


Figure 16.17

6.2 Refer to Problem 16.1. If a square footing with dimension 2 m × 2 m is used instead of the wall footing, what would be the allowable bearing capacity?

To determine

Find the allowable bearing capacity using modified general ultimate bearing capacity.


Given information:

The unit weight of the soil γ is 19kN/m3.

The value of cohesion c is 31kN/m2.

The soil friction angle ϕ is 28°.

The depth of foundation Df is 1.5 m.

The width of footing B is 2 m.

The factor of safety Fs is 3.5.

The size of the footing is (2m×2m).


Determine the shape factor λcs using the relation.


Here, Nq is the contribution of surcharge, Nc is the contribution of cohesion,

Refer Table 16.2, “Bearing-capacity factors Nc, Nq, and Nγ” in the textbook.

Take the Nc as 25.80, Nq as 14.72, and Nγ as 16.72 for the ϕ value of 28°.

Substitute 2 m for B, 2 m for L, 14.72 for Nq, and 25.80 for Nc.


Determine the depth factor λcd using the relation.


Substitute 1.5 m for Df and 2 m for B.


Determine the shape factor λqs using the relation.


Substitute 2 m for B, 2 m for L, and 28° for ϕ.


Determine the depth factor λqd using the relation.


Substitute 28° for ϕ, 1.5 m for Df, and 2 m for B.


Determine the depth factor λγs using the relation.


Substitute 2 m for B and 2 m for L.


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