Settlement of Strip Load on Elastic-Plastic Soil

by Kaare Höeg,
John T. Christian,
Robert V. Whitman,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 2, Pg. 431-446

Document Type: Journal Paper


The gradual development of the yielded zone beneath a strip footing on an idealized elastic-plastic soil is analyzed. The corresponding stress and displacement fields and the accumulations of footing settlements after local shear failure has occurred is also shown. Factors affecting the magnitude of the displacements and the nature of the load-settlement curve are studied. The development of the electronic computer has made it possible to use finite numerical approximations to solve problems in soil mechanics that were hitherto insolvable by conventional analyses.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Soil analysis | Elastic analysis | Footings | Displacement (mechanics) | Shear failures | Load factors | Foundation settlement

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