Seismic ultimate bearing capacity of strip footings on slope

  • Chen Chang-fu  (陈昌富)Email author
  • Dong Wu-zhong  (董武忠)
  • Tang Yan-zhe  (唐谚哲)


The influence of earthquake forces on ultimate bearing capacity of foundations on sloping ground was studied. A solution to seismic ultimate bearing capacity of strip footings on slope was obtained by utilizing pseudo-static analysis method and taking the effect of intermediate principal stress into consideration. Based on limit equilibrium theory, the formulae for computing static bearing capacity factors, Nq, Nc, Nγ, and dynamic bearing capacity factors, Nqd, Ncd, Nγd, which are associated with surcharge, cohesion and self-weight of soils respectively, were presented. A great number of analysis calculations were carried out to obtain the relationship curves of the static and dynamic bearing capacity factors versus various calculation parameters. The curves can serve as the practical engineering design. The calculation results also show that when the values of horizontal and vertical seismic coefficients are 0.2, the dynamic bearing capacity factors Nqd, Ncd and Nγd, in which the effects of intermediate principal stress are taken into consideration, increase by 4%–42%, 3%–27% and 34%–57%, respectively.

Key words

slope foundation bearing capacity unified strength theory limit equilibrium earthquake effect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chen Chang-fu  (陈昌富)
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dong Wu-zhong  (董武忠)
    • 1
  • Tang Yan-zhe  (唐谚哲)
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geotechnical EngineeringHunan UniversityChangshaChina

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