The Probability of Foundation Safety

by Tien Hsing Wu,
L. M. Kraft,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 5, Pg. 213-231

Document Type: Journal Paper


Probability analysis is used to calculate the safety of foundations for a number of loads and strength distributions. The applied load and soil strength are considered to be random variables. The various factors that affect the probability of safety are examined. The appropriate probability function is determined empirically by fitting to the experimental data. This method represents a first approximation and may be considered as a step toward the optimum design of structures.

Subject Headings: Probability | Foundations | Load distribution | Load factors | Soil strength | Approximation methods | Safety | Probability distribution

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