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Geotechnical Engineering-II [Lec #15 & 16: Schmertmann Method]

Class notes of Geotechnical Engineering course I used to teach at UET Lahore. Feel free to download the slide show.
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Geotechnical Engineering-II [Lec #15 & 16: Schmertmann Method]

  1. 1. 1 Geotechnical Engineering–II [CE-321] BSc Civil Engineering – 5th Semester by Dr. Muhammad Irfan Assistant Professor Civil Engg. Dept. – UET Lahore Email: mirfan1@msn.com Lecture Handouts: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/geotech-ii_2015session Lecture # 15 25-Oct-2017
  2. 2. 2 SCHMERTMANN (1978) METHOD From elasticity theory; πœ€ 𝑣 = βˆ†π‘ž 𝐸𝑠 𝐼𝑣 Where, eV = vertical strain Dq = net foundation contact pressure (kN/m2) ES = Modulus of elasticity of sand (Young’s Modulus) (kN/m2) IV = Strain influence factor for soil beneath foundation Settlement Where, Dz = Thickness of compressible layer Semi-empirical approach οƒ  theory + model studies for vertical strain in sands below foundation as function of depth Semi-empirical approach 𝑆 𝑒 = πœ€ 𝑣 βˆ™ βˆ†π‘§
  3. 3. 3 SCHMERTMANN (1978) METHOD C1 = Correction factor to compensate for the effects of foundation depth (or embedment) C2 = Correction factor for creep and other time dependent deformations 𝑆 𝑒 = βˆ†π‘ž 𝐸𝑠 𝐼𝑣 βˆ™ βˆ†π‘§π‘† 𝑒 = πœ€ 𝑣 βˆ™ βˆ†π‘§ Correction Factors 𝐢1 = 1 βˆ’ 0.5 π‘ž π‘£π‘œ βˆ†π‘ž 𝐢2 = 1 + 0.2 log 10𝑑 Where, qVO = soil overburden pressure at base of foundation (kN/m2) t = Elapsed time (years) 𝑆 𝑒 = βˆ†π‘ž 𝐸𝑠 𝐼𝑣 βˆ™ βˆ†π‘§ βˆ™ 𝐢1 𝐢2 ?Next slide
  4. 4. 4 SCHMERTMANN (1978) METHOD Strain Influence Factor (IV) Square foundations (L/B = 1) Strip foundations (L/B > 10) Max. Stress below footing (IVP) Square (Axisymmetric) οƒ  at depth B/2 Strip (Plain Strain) οƒ  at depth B q = foundation contact pressure q’vo = overburden pressure at foundation level Dq = net foundation pressure s’vp = soil overburden pressure at depth for Ivp (B or B/2)
  5. 5. 5 Practice Problem #5 A square footing 3 m by 3 m is resting on a sand deposit shown in the figure. Assuming the modulus of elasticity of the sand to be equal to 2.5qc, determine the elastic settlement of foundation 5 years after construction using Schmertmann method.
  6. 6. 9 Practice Problem #6 The results of a CPT sounding performed at a site are shown in figure. The soils consist of young normally consolidated sands with interbedded silts. The groundwater table is at a depth of 2.0 m below the ground surface. A 375 kN/m load is to be supported on a 2.5 m x 30 m footing to be founded at a depth of 2.0 m in this soil. Use Schmertmann’s method to compute the settlement of this footing soon after construction and the settlement 50 years after construction. Use Es = 2.5 qc; g = 17 kN/m3 (above WT), and g = 20 kN/m3 (below WT)
  7. 7. 10 Practice Problem #6 B = 2.5 m D = 2.0 m Strip Foundation Influence zone οƒ  Down to 4B
  8. 8. 12 CONCLUDED REFERENCE MATERIAL Foundation Analysis and Design (5th Ed.) Joseph E. Bowles Chapter #5 Principles of Geotechnical Engineering (7th Ed.) Braja M. Das Chapter #11 Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations (7th Ed.) David F. McCarthy Chapter #10 (Schmertmann Method) (Timoshenko & Goodier Method) (Modified Mayerhof Method)

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