THE BEARING CAPACITY OF CLAYS

The results of theoretical and experimental studies of the properties of clay soils lead to a very simple equation for computing the ultimate bearing capacity or maximum pressure to which the soil can be subjected without complete failure. This equation refers to a rectangular footing having a width B and length L. The expression is Q(sub d) equals 2.85 Q(sub u) (1 plus 0.3 B/L) in which Q(sub u) is the unconfined compressive strength of the clay beneath the loaded area, and Q(sub d) is the ultimate bearing capacity. The unconfined compressive strength of a clay soil can be determined readily by relatively rapid and inexpensive methods.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Railway Engineering Association

    59 East Van Buren Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60605
  • Authors:
    • Peck, R B
  • Publication Date: 1952

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 1057-61
  • Serial:
    • AREA BULLETIN
    • Volume: 53
    • Publisher: American Railway Engineering Association

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  • Accession Number: 00040819
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM