Footing Load Tests on Sand

by Kenneth Tand, (M.ASCE), Kenneth E. Tand & Associates, Houston, United States,
Erik Funegard, (M.ASCE), Kenneth E. Tand & Associates, Houston, United States,
Pickett Warden, Kenneth E. Tand & Associates, Houston, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments

Abstract: Four full size footings were load tested at a site in Texas. The embedded footings were situated on a thin layer of stiff clay underlain by a thick deposit of medium dense to dense sand. A comprehensive in situ and laboratory testing program was performed to evaluate the engineering properties of the subsoils. Finite element analysis was performed to evaluate the effect of embedment and subsoil layering. The load/settlement response of the footings was compared with 20 procedures for predicting bearing pressure at a settlement of 25 mm (1 in.).

Subject Headings: Load tests | Footings | Soil settlement | Soil pressure | Load factors | Sandy soils | Soil-structure interaction | Dynamic loads | Finite element method | North America | Texas | United States

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