Masters Theses


"Several bearing capacity theories have been reviewed in this analysis. However, only Meyerhof's theory is considered in great detail. Bearing capacity factors Nc, Nq, and Nγ have been computed based on Meyerhof's plasticity theory and the minimum passive earth pressures have been found by iterative calculations at all grid locations.

A computer program was developed to run Meyerhof's analysis on the IBM-Personal Computer. His previous charts were not totally satisfactory, because certain geometry was ignored. The computer program considers surface and shallow foundations with various values of degree of mobilization and ratios of depth-to-width of footings. The bearing capacity of foundations placed on the face of a slope or adjacent to a slope are considered also for different slope inclinations and ratios of distances from slope to width-of-footing. The program considers both a purely cohesive and cohesionless soil in addition to a soil having both cohesion and friction.

Results of bearing capacity factor calculations for foundations on a horizontal surface are in good agreement with most published bearing capacity factors and seem to have values a little less than those obtained by Meyerhof.

Results of bearing capacity factor calculations for foundations on slopes are greater than those obtained by Meyerhof and lower than those obtained by Bowles"--Abstract, page ii.


Schmidt, Norbert O., 1925-2009

Committee Member(s)

Heagler, John B., 1924-1999
Hansen, Peter G., 1927-2010
Prakash, Shamsher


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Summer 1986


ix, 111 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-64).


© 1986 Yassin Taissir Al-Kour, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Foundations -- Testing
Load factor design
Soil mechanics -- Computer Simulation

Thesis Number

T 5371

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