The stability of inclined plate anchors in purely cohesive soil

Merifield, Richard S. and Sloan, Scott W. and Lyamin, Andrei V. (2003) The stability of inclined plate anchors in purely cohesive soil. Technical Report. University of Southern Queensland , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]

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Soil anchors are commonly used as foundation systems for structures requiring uplift resistance such as transmission towers, or for structures requiring lateral resistance, such as sheet pile walls. To date the design of these anchors has been largely based on empiricism. This paper applies numerical limit analysis and displacement finite element analysis to evaluate the stability of inclined strip anchors in undrained clay. Results are presented in the familiar form of break-out factors based on various anchor geometries. By obtaining both upper and lower bound limit analysis estimates of the pullout capacity, the true pullout resistance can be bracketed from above and below. In addition, the displacement finite element solutions
provide an opportunity to validate these findings thus providing a rigorous evaluation of anchor capacity.

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Item Type: Report (Technical Report)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication report TR-2003-03.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:16
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013 02:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: soil anchors; stability; inclined strip anchors; clay; cohesive soil; pullout resistance; uplift capacity
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0102 Applied Mathematics > 010207 Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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