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Geomechanics and Engineering
  Volume 6, Number 5, May 2014, pages 469-485

Decrease trends of ultimate loads of eccentrically loaded model strip footings close to a slope
Evrim Cure, Erol Sadoglu, Emel Turker and Bayram Ali Uzuner

    A series of bearing capacity tests was conducted with eccentrically loaded model surface and shallow strip footings resting close to a slope to investigate behavior of such footings (ultimate loads, failure surfaces, load-displacement curves, rotation of footing, etc.). Ultimate loads of footing close to slope decreased with increasing eccentricity for both surface and shallow footings. Failure surfaces were not symmetrical, primary failure surfaces occurred on the eccentricity side (the slope side) and secondary failure surfaces occurred on the other side. Lengths of failure surfaces decreased with increasing eccentricity. Footings always rotated towards eccentricity side a few degrees. For eccentrically loaded footing, decrease in ultimate load with increasing eccentricity is roughly in agreement with Customary Analysis.
Key Words
    bearing capacity; eccentrically loaded footings; footings resting close to slope; strip footings; plane-strain conditions
Evrim Cure, Erol Sadoglu, Emel Turker and Bayram Ali Uzuner:
Department of Civil Engineering, Karadeniz Technical University, 61080 Trabzon, Turkey.

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