Stiffness of a flexible circular footing embedded in an elastic half-space

James Doherty, Andrew Deeks

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This paper addresses the problem of a circular footing of finite but nonzero stiffness embedded in an isotropic nonhomogeneouselastic half-space. The problem is solved by coupling the scaled boundary finite-element method with axisymmetric shell finiteelements. The coupling of the two methods is validated by comparing computed solutions with analytical solutions for a flexible footingsubjected to a uniformly distributed vertical load embedded in an elastic full-space. Based on the finding that the bending stiffness of thefooting dictates the response for vertical and moment load cases, whereas the normal stiffness of the footing dominates the horizontalresponse, a convenient method for estimating dimensionless elastic stiffness coefficients is presented graphically. New results are presentedfor homogeneous and Gibson soil profiles and Poisson’s ratios of 0.2 and 0.499, to represent both sand and clay. An exampledemonstrating a practical application of these results is also provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-54
JournalInternational Journal of Geomechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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