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Bearing Capacity of the Working Platform with Kinematic Method

Katarzyna Białek / Lech Bałachowski
  • Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdańsk, Poland
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Published Online: 2015-03-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sgem-2015-0001


Bearing capacity of the working platform for heavy tracks was analysed using Distinct Layout Optimization (DLO) method. The platform layer constructed from cohesionless soils is resting on weak cohesive subgrade. Different thickness of the platform, its effective angle of internal friction and undrained shear strength of the soft soil were taken into consideration. Kinematic method permits different failure mechanisms to be analyzed. Margin of safety for a given load and subsoil conditions was determined using two approaches: increasing the load or decreasing the shear strength up to failure. The results were compared with solution proposed in BRE recommendations.

Keywords: soft soil; undrained shear strength; limit state; failure mechanism


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Published Online: 2015-03-27

Published in Print: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: Studia Geotechnica et Mechanica, Volume 37, Issue 1, Pages 3–8, ISSN (Online) 2083-831X, ISSN (Print) 0137-6365, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sgem-2015-0001.

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