NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF PLATE LOADING TEST BASED ON FIELD WORKS

  • Mohammed Salih Abd-Ali

Abstract

In this work, the bearing capacity of soil is evaluated for a substation of
residential compound in Amarah city by plate loading test. The study consists of
two parts, the first part is the field work which includes soil tests in the field for
the locations of two rectangular foundations of transformers with dimensions
(for each foundation) of (3.5 m x 2.5 m), called (Point 1 and Point 2). Results
showed that the settlements in the locations of points 1 and 2 are within the
permitted settlement, and the allowable bearing capacity of soil in these
locations is (9.1) T/m
2
.
In the second part of the study, the tested soils by plate loading test are
analyzed using nonlinear three dimensional finite element models. ANSYS
(11.0) program is used to analyze the three dimensional model. The adopted
finite element models are found to give results in an excellent agreement with
the field results. For the same applied load, it is found that the ratio of
theoretical to field values of settlement is 0.99 for the both points (1) and (2).
The effect of size of plate of loading has been carried out to investigate its
effect on the predicted finite element results. It is found that the settlement is
increased with increasing the size of the loading surface
Published
2019-04-20
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