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Title: Wetting-drying effect on response of footing resting on partially saturated soils
Authors: Mehndiratta S.
Sawant, Vishwas Abhimanyu
Published in: International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering
Abstract: Partially saturated soils are common in arid or semi-arid zones. It is a common practice to assume soil as fully saturated for estimation of bearing capacity.  With this assumption, estimated bearing capacity is expected to be on conservative side. But sometimes it may be misleading. The motive of this study is to examine the effect of wetting induced collapse on the bearing capacity of shallow foundations. This paper presents the application of improved Barcelona basic model to the simulation of shallow foundation using coupled approach. A boundary value problem of strip footing resting over fully and partially saturated soil is analysed. Different loading and wetting sequences are followed to capture the effect of water table fluctuation on bearing capacity in partially saturated soils. From comparison of numerical prediction with analytical values of ultimate bearing capacity, a relationship for apparent cohesion is suggested for moderate range of angle of internal friction. © 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Citation: International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering(2019), (): -
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Keywords: Barcelona basic model
bearing capacity
Partially saturated soil
shallow foundation
water table fluctuations
ISSN: 19386362
Author Scopus IDs: 57133216200
Author Affiliations: Mehndiratta, S., Department of Civil Engineering, G.B. Pant Institute of Engineering and Technology, Pauri, India
Sawant, V.A., Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, India
Corresponding Author: Mehndiratta, S.; Department of Civil Engineering, G.B. Pant Institute of Engineering and TechnologyIndia; email:
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