The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 29 (1951) > Issues > Issue 1 > A Comparison of the Bearing Power of Footings on Dry and Inundated Sand
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A Comparison of the Bearing Power of Footings on Dry and Inundated Sand

This investigation has shown that for narrow footings on inundated sand the ultimate bearing pressures are between 80 and 90 per cent. of those for footings on dry sand. According to the usually accepted theories, bearing pressures on inundated sand should only be about 50 per cent. of those on dry sand due to the reduction in the apparent density of the sand and also (possibly) to a slight reduction in the angle of internal fnction. The reason for the discrepancy between the theoretical and experimental bearing values is that the actual mechanism of failure differs from that assumed in any of the several theories, and further is slightly modified when the footing becomes inundated. The locus of the sliding surface was determined experimentally for the dry sand and computed bearing pressures based on the inferred failure mechanism agree with the experimental loads. W. Eastwood