Stochastic finite element analysis is used to predict uncertainties in total and differential settlement under a large flexible footing. The results are compared with one-dimensional stochastic solutions already in the literature. Differences between the one- and two-dimensional analyses, particularly for differential settlement, are distinct. These differences seem primarily attributable to randomness in the stress field which cannot be included in one-dimensional models, and to mechanistic correlations by common dependence on the realizations of particular random variables. In principle, second-moment techniques can be extended to a broad range of analyses now performed using finite element and finite difference techniques. (ASCE)

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  • Accession Number: 00334005
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE 16179
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM