To read this content please select one of the options below:

A boundary-type approach for the computation of vertical stresses in soil due to arbitrarily shaped foundations

Husain Jubran Al-Gahtani (Civil and Environmental Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Eastern, Saudi Arabia)
Saheed Kolawole Adekunle (Civil and Environmental Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Eastern, Saudi Arabia)

World Journal of Engineering

ISSN: 1708-5284

Article publication date: 30 May 2019

Issue publication date: 14 June 2019

53

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present a simple, yet accurate and efficient, formulation for computing the vertical soil stresses due to arbitrarily distributed surface pressures or loads over an arbitrarily shaped area.

Design/methodology/approach

By leveraging on the strength of Green’s theorem, the present approach is based on the formulation of the classical Boussinesq solution as a boundary-type problem over an arbitrarily shaped simply- or multiply-connected loaded region. The accuracy of the developed formulation was exemplified through a number of illustrative examples, which included both simply- and multiply-connected loaded areas.

Findings

The results of the test examples presented in this work indicated a high degree of accuracy and flexibility of the developed approach despite its simplicity.

Originality/value

The main contribution of the present work is the introduction of an efficient meshless approach and an algorithm that can be implemented in few lines of code on any programing platform, as either a stand-alone program or a computational module in larger engineering software packages.

Keywords

Citation

Al-Gahtani, H.J. and Adekunle, S.K. (2019), "A boundary-type approach for the computation of vertical stresses in soil due to arbitrarily shaped foundations", World Journal of Engineering, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 419-426. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJE-02-2018-0051

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles