Volume 44, N. 1

January-March 2021

Effects of underground circular void on strip footing laid on the edge of a cohesionless slope under eccentric loads


Volume 44, N. 1, January-March 2021 | PAPER (39 downloads)


Owing to the comeback of small-scale models, this paper presents results of an experimental study based on the effect of underground circular voids on strip footing placed on the edge of a cohesionless slope and subjected to eccentric loads. The bearing capacity-settlement relationship of footing on the slope and impact of diverse variables are expressed using dimensionless parameters such as the top vertical distance of the void from the base of footing, horizontal space linking the void-footing centre, and load eccentricity. The results verified that the stability of strip footing is influenced by the underground void, as well as the critical depth between the soil and top layer of the void. The critical horizontal distance between the void and the centre was also affected by the underground void. Furthermore, the results also verified that the influence of the void appeared insignificant when it was positioned at a depth or eccentricity equal to twice the width of footing.    

Keywords: Strip footing, Eccentric load, Slope, Underground void, Sand, Bearing capacity,

Submitted on July 27, 2020.
Final Acceptance on February 10, 2021.
Discussion open until May 31, 2021.
DOI: 10.28927/SR.2021.055920