The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 67 (1989) > Issues > Issue 19 > A Method for the Design of Ground Slabs Loaded by Point Loads
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A Method for the Design of Ground Slabs Loaded by Point Loads

A basic method for the design of ground-bearing warehouse slabs subjected to point loads is proposed, based on the use of design charts. These charts have been drawn rom the computed results of a truly 3-dimensional analysis, in which both the soil and the slab are treated as behaving elastically. The method utilises plate bending finite elements and a layered continuum model for the soil (Wood'). The method is suitable for use in a design office, allowing consideration of the additional moments imposed under one load by any other point load on the slab. The accuracy of this method is shown to be within 2% of the more rigorous full solution. A. Fatemi-Ardakani, E. Burley and Professor A.L. Wood