Estimating Bearing Capacity in Sand from SPT Values

by Richard H.G. Parry, (M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 9, Pg. 1014-1019

Document Type: Journal Paper


Although the calculation of foundation settlements in sand from SPT values has received attention from a number of authors, the problem of calculating bearing capacity has been largely ignored. In a previous paper the writer proposed a simple method of calculating settlement directly from measured N values and it is proposed here to investigate the possiblitity of similarly developing a method of calculating bearing capacity directly from observed N values.

Subject Headings: Load bearing capacity | Sandy soils | Foundation settlement | Soil settlement | Soil analysis

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