The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of presence of buried flexible pipe on the bearing capacity of shallow footing. First, a model study is performed where shallow footing model is tested for its load settlement behavior, with and without the existence of buried PVC pipe lying vertically below the base of the footing.
The experimental set-up consisted of a steel box filled with sand at two different relative density values [RD = 50 per cent (medium dense) and RD = 80 per cent (dense sand)] and vertical load was applied on the model footing through hydraulic jack and reaction frame arrangement connected with a proving ring. Test results are verified numerically using commercially available finite element code PLAXIS 2D. With due verification, a parametric study has been conducted, numerically, by varying the range of input parameters, such as unit weight, angle of internal friction, diameter of buried conduit and the Elastic modulus of the soil to assess the pre cent reduction in the capacity of the foundation soil because of the presence of underlying buried flexible pipe.
Results show that for each footing, there exists a critical depth below which the presence of the buried conduit has negligible influence on the footing performance. When the conduit is located above the critical depth, the bearing capacity of the footing varies with various factors, such as geotechnical parameters of soil and location and diameter of the buried conduit.
It is an original paper performed to assess the presence of buried flexible pipe on the bearing capacity of the shallow footing.
The authors acknowledge the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for financial support with reference no. WOS-A/ET-1006/2015 under Women Scientist Scheme to carry out this work.
Conflict of interest: On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.
Malhotra, M., Sahu, V., Srivastava, A. and Misra, A.K. (2019), "Experimental and numerical investigation of the effect of pre-existing utility tunnel on the bearing capacity of shallow footing in sandy soils", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 513-529. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-04-2019-0102Download as .RIS
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