Masters Theses


"The response of shallow and raft foundations is having a significant importance due to its complex behavior because of the semi-infinite soil media. Winkler's model is the simplest model to deal with the structure and soil. The Winkler model represents the foundation reaction as proportional to the soil displacement at a particular point, which results in the elasticity of the soil being the only parameter in consideration. But in reality the soil cohesiveness is having a significant contribution in soil structure interaction, and therefore the consideration of coupling effects of Winkler springs need to be accounted. Most of the existing elements either consider certain parameters of the foundation or assume an elastic beam and foundation response. In this research a new finite element formulation was developed in which these limitations were eliminated. This improved model can be viewed as a soil with a combination of cohesive behavior which transmits the rotation due to bending in addition to the Winkler effect. The non linear response of structures resting on this improved foundation model can be analyzed by assuming that the foundation resists compression and tension. In reality soil is very weak in tension and its tension capacity needs to be neglected, which leads to lift-off regions at different locations. This phenomenon becomes much more complicated by considering the inelastic soil structure behavior, which leads to a highly nonlinear problem. In order to estimate the necessary nonlinear soil parameters, an analytical procedure based on the Vlasov model is proposed. The presented solutions and applications show the superiority of the proposed nonlinear foundation model"--Abstract, page v.


Chen, Genda

Committee Member(s)

LaBoube, Roger A.
Du, Xiaoping
Ayoub, Ashraf Salah Eldin


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology. University Transportation Center


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2010

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Inelastic analysis of semi-infinite foundation elements
  • Nonlinear finite element modeling of beams on two-parameter foundations


x, 46 pages


© 2010 Taraka Ravi Shankar Mullapudi, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Nonlinear mechanics
Soil mechanics
Soil-structure interaction

Thesis Number

T 9622

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