American Society of Civil Engineers

Reinforced Concrete Walls with Vulnerable Foundations

by J. Paul Smith-Pardo, (corresponding author), (Engr., Berger/Abam Engrs. Inc., 33301 9th Ave. South, Ste. 300, Federal Way, WA 98003 E-mail:

Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol. 134, No. 2, February 2008, pp. 257-261, (doi:

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Document type: Technical Note
Abstract: Moment capacities of shallow foundations are compared with those of reinforced concrete walls in order to determine the likelihood of exceeding the bearing capacity of the supporting soil in buildings subjected to strong ground motions. Recommendations are made regarding the appropriate modeling at the base of first-story walls in compliance with the moment-capacity axial load interaction of the supporting foundations.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Limit analysis
Reinforced concrete
Shallow foundations
Soil structures