Compressibility and Bearing Capacity

by Nabil F. Ismael, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Coll. of Engrg. and Petroleum, Kuwait Univ., Kuwait,
Aleksandar S. Vesic, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Dean of Engrg.; Duke Univ., Durham, N.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 12, Pg. 1677-1691

Document Type: Journal Paper


Small-scale model footing tests were carried out on two frictional soils having identical strength characteristics and different deformation characteristics. The results emphasized the importance of soil compressibility. Test results are compared with existing analyical methods dealing with the bearing capacity of compressible soils. The suitability of these methods is examined in light of the test results.

Subject Headings: Soil compression | Compression | Load bearing capacity | Soil tests | Soil deformation | Soil strength | Soil analysis | Scale models

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