Shape Factors in Bearing Capacity Equation

by Leslie L. Karafiath, (M.ASCE), Res. Engr.; Grumman Aerospace Corp., Bethpage, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 4, Pg. 1493-1497

Document Type: Journal Paper


The extension of the classical bearing capacity equation to inclined loads, or to loading a sloping surface raises the question whether shape factors established for vertical loading and horizontal surfaces remain valid when the loading is not perpendicular to the surface. In this respect, the note offers some considerations that may be helpful.

Subject Headings: Vertical loads | Horizontal loads | Load bearing capacity | Slopes | Load factors

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