A Modern Approach to Estimate the Bearing Capacity of Layered Soil

  • Gizem Misir Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University
  • Mustafa Laman Cukurova University


This study is concerned with the bearing capacity of circularfootings on a granular fill layer above a soft clay soil. Theresults of an extensive series of laboratory and field tests wereused to define an empirical equation. This is generally doneby estimating the dependent variable (e.g. bearing capacity)based on the independent variables (e.g. granular fill layerthickness, soil and footing parameters and settlement ratio).A logarithmic model has been developed by using regressionanalysis to estimate the bearing capacity of a circular footingresting on granular fill at any settlement ratio, using allpossible regression techniques based on 342 field test data, toselect the significant subset of the predictors. The results indicatethat the logarithmic model serves a simple and reliabletool to predict the bearing capacity of circular footings placedon a granular fill with different thicknesses above a soft claysoil. And also, the validity of the developed formulation wasverified with different plate load test results from literature.


bearing capacity, layered soil, regression analysis, field tests, laboratory model tests, circular footing
How to Cite
MISIR, Gizem; LAMAN, Mustafa. A Modern Approach to Estimate the Bearing Capacity of Layered Soil. Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering, [S.l.], v. 61, n. 3, p. 434-446, dec. 2016. ISSN 1587-3773. Available at: <https://pp.bme.hu/ci/article/view/9578>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.3311/PPci.9578.
Research Article