ULTIMATE BEARING CAPACITY ANALYSIS OF GROUND AGAINST INCLINED LOAD BY TAKING ACCOUNT OF NONLINEAR PROPERTY OF SHEAR STRENGTH
Keywords:Rigid plastic finite element method, Bearing capacity, Inclined load effect, Size effect
In the assessment of bearing capacity of footing, the bearing capacity formulaproposed by The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) has been widely used in Japan for the design of building foundation. However, this formula is limited to simple conditions likesimple footing shape, flat ground and uniform material property. Although the rigid plastic finite element method (RPFEM) can solve this complex problem, it has not taken into account the size effect in assessment of bearing capacity. This study newly develops the RPFEM by introducing the nonlinear shear strength property against the confining stress and proposes the rigid plastic constitutive equation of parabolic yield function, basing on the change in the angle of shear resistance of Toyoura sand. The developed method and the bearing capacity formula (established by empirical approach) provided identical results for various footing sizes showing good estimation for wider range of footing size.