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Geomechanics and Engineering
  Volume 6, Number 6, June 2014, pages 593-612

Square plates as symmetrical anchor plates under uplift test in loose sand
Hamed Niroumand and Khairul Anuar Kassim

    The uplift response of symmetrical square anchor plates has been evaluated in physical model tests and numerical simulations using Plaxis. The behavior of square anchor plates during uplift test was studied by experimental data and finite element analyses in loose sand. Validation of the analysis model was also carried out with 50 mm, 75 mm and 100 mm Length square plates in loose sand. Agreement between the uplift responses from the physical model tests and finite element modeling using PLAXIS 2D, based on 100 mm computed maximum displacements was excellent for square anchor plates. Numerical analysis using square anchor plates was conducted based on the hardening soil model (HSM). The research has shown that the finite element results are higher than the experimental findings in loose sand.
Key Words
    uplift response; symmetrical anchor plate; square plate; loose sand; numerical modeling; plaxis; FEM; Hardening Soil Model (HSM)
Department of Geotechnical Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia.

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