# Shallow Foundations – Bearing Capacity

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Shallow Foundations – Bearing Capacity

P a g e | 16‐1 Chapter 16 Shallow Foundations – Bearing Capacity 1. The load of a structure is transferred to the foundation soil through (a) floor slab. (b) spread footings. (c) piles and drilled shafts. (d) both (b) and (c) 2. Overstressing the foundation soil can result in (a) excessive settlement. (b) shear failure of the soil. (c) both (b) and (c) (d) functional failure of the structure. 3. In soil with low load-bearing capacity, it is more economical to construct the entire structure over (a) spread footings. (b) mat foundation. (c) both (a) and (b) (d) none of the above 4. For heavier structures when great depth is required for supporting the load, which of the following foundation is generally recommended? (a) Spread footings (b) Mat foundation (c) Piles and drilled shafts (d) both (b) and (c) 5. Which of the following foundations are generally referred to as shallow foundations? (a) Spread footings and mat foundations (b) Spread footings and pile foundations (c) Mat foundations and pile foundations (d) Pile and drilled shaft foundations 6. In general, shallow foundations are those foundations that have a depth-of-embedment-towidth ratio of approximately (a) equal to 4. (b) less than 4. (c) greater than 4. (d) none of the above 7. The ultimate load per unit area of a shallow foundation which will cause shear failure of the soil supporting the foundation is called (a) bearing capacity. (b) allowable bearing capacity. (c) ultimate bearing capacity. (d) none of the above © 2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be scanned, copied or duplicated, or posted to a publicly accessible website, in whole or in part. P a g e | 16‐2 8. When the general shear failure of the foundation soil takes place, the failure surface in soil extends to (a) the ground surface. (b) the base of the footing. (c) the water table present in the soil. (d) any arbitrary level. 9. In which of the following failure modes, the failure surface in the foundation soil does not extend to the ground surface? (a) General shear failure (b) Local shear failure (c) Punching shear failure (d) both (b) and (c) 10. In fairly loose foundation soil, what type of failure mode is expected? (a) General shear failure (b) Local shear failure (c) Punching shear failure (d) both (b) and (c) 11. For foundations of a shallow depth, the ultimate load with a general shear failure of soil may occur at a foundation settlement of (a) 4% to 10% of the depth of foundation. (b) 4% to 10% of the width of foundation. (c) 15% to 25% of the depth of foundation. (d) 15% to 25% of the width of foundation. 12. In Terzaghi’s ultimate bearing capacity theory, the effect of soil above the bottom of the foundation may be assumed to be replaced by an equivalent surcharge, (a) 0.5 . (b) . (c) 1.5 . (d) 2 . where the symbols have their usual meanings. 13. According to the Terzaghi’s ultimate bearing capacity equation, the ultimate bearing capacity of a strip footing resting on a clayey ground in undrained condition is (a) 0. (b) . (c) 5.14 . (d) 5.7 . 14. According to the Terzaghi’s ultimate bearing capacity equation, the ultimate bearing capacity of a square and circular footings resting on a clayey ground in undrained condition is (a) 0. (b) 1.3 . (c) 6.68 . (d) 7.41 . © 2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be scanned, copied or duplicated, or posted to a publicly accessible website, in whole or in part. P a g e | 16‐3 15. The bearing capacity factor Nγ is given as (a) 1 cot φ . (b) 1 tan φ . (c) 2 1 tan φ . (d) 2 1 tan φ . where the symbols have their usual meanings. 16. If the angle of friction of the foundation soil is 0°, (a) Nq = 0. (b) Nq = 1. (c) Nq = 5.7. (d) Nq = 5.14. 17. If the angle of friction of the foundation soil, φ′ = 0°, (a) Nγ = 0. (b) Nγ = 1. (c) Nγ = 5.7. (d) Nγ = 5.14. 18. The general bearing capacity equation considers the following: (a) shape factors. (b) depth factors. (c) load inclination factors. (d) all of the above 19. If the difference between the unit weight of concrete used in the foundation and the unit weight of soil surrounding the foundation is assumed to be negligible, then the net ultimate bearing capacity, (a) . (b) . (c) . (d) . where the symbols have their usual meanings. 20. The water table will have no effect on the ultimate bearing capacity when (a) it is located above the base of the footing. (b) it is located at the base of the footing. (c) it is located below the base of the footing. (d) its depth below the base of the footing is greater than the width of footing. 21. If the net ultimate bearing capacity of a foundation is 30 t/m2, its net allowable load bearing capacity will be (a) 10 t/m2. (b) 15 t/m2. (c) 30 t/m2. (d) 90 t/m2. © 2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be scanned, copied or duplicated, or posted to a publicly accessible website, in whole or in part. P a g e | 16‐4 22. The minimum factor of safety used to get net allowable bearing capacity from the known ultimate bearing capacity is generally (a) 1. (b) 2. (c) 3. (d) 5. 23. If a foundation is subjected to a total vertical load Q axially along with a moment M, the eccentricity of the load system in the effective area method of calculating the ultimate bearing capacity of eccentrically loaded foundations is estimated as (a) . (b) . (c) . (d) none of the above. 24. The tension develops in the soil below the footing when the eccentricity (a) . (b) . (c) . (d) . 25. A mat foundation can be (a) a flat plate thickened under columns. (b) a flat plate with pedestals. (c) a slab with basement walls. (d) all of the above 26. A fully compensated mat foundation is one in which the net increase in soil pressure below the mat is (a) 0. (b) . (c) . (d) . where the symbols have their usual meanings. 27. A fully compensated foundation is generally recommended on (a) loose sandy foundation soils. (b) dense sandy foundation soils. (c) soft clayey foundation soils. (d) hard clayey foundation soils. © 2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be scanned, copied or duplicated, or posted to a publicly accessible website, in whole or in part. P a g e | 16‐5 28. The depth of embedment of a fully compensated foundation is . (a) . (b) (c) (d) . . . . where Q is the dead load of the structure and the live load, A is the area of the mat, and γ is the unit weight of foundation soil. © 2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be scanned, copied or duplicated, or posted to a publicly accessible website, in whole or in part. P a g e | 16‐6 Answers, Hints and Discussion 1. (d) 2. (c) 3. (b) Discussion: In soil with low bearing capacity, the size of the spread footings required is impractically large; so in that case, spread footings are not an economical option. 4. (c) 5. (a) Discussion: (d) is correct for deep foundations. 6. (b) Discussion: (c) is correct for deep foundations. 7. (c) 8. (a) 9. (d) 10. (c) Discussion: (a) is correct for dense sands and stiff clays; (b) is correct for sands or clays of medium compaction. 11. (b) Discussion: (d) is correct in case of local or punching shear failure. 12. (b) 13. (d) Discussion: See Eq. (16.3) and Table 16.1; (c) is correct for general bearing capacity equation, see Table 16.2. 14. (c) Discussion: See Eqs. (16.4) and (16.5) and Table 16.1; (c) is correct for general bearing capacity equation, see Table 16.2. 15. (c) 16. (b) 17. (a) 18. (d) Hint: See Eq. (16.9). 19. (c) Hint: See Eq. (16.10). © 2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be scanned, copied or duplicated, or posted to a publicly accessible website, in whole or in part. P a g e | 16‐7 20. (b) 21. (c) Discussion: Eq. (16.6): generally 3. 10 / . The minimum value of factor of safety is 22. (c) 23. (a) Hint: See Eq. (16.19). 24. (c) Hint: See Eq. (16.21). 25. (d) 26. (a) 27. (c) 28. (b) Hint: See Eq. (16.50). © 2013 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be scanned, copied or duplicated, or posted to a publicly accessible website, in whole or in part.