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Bearing Capacity and Maximum Load of a Pier

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Bearing Capacity and Maximum Load of a Pier

By Chris Russell

This worksheet will:

  • Calculate the bearing capacity factors and the maximum load of a pier 
  • Apply to Mechanical Engineering 
  • Perform using shear strength, vertical stress, density, bearing capacity, Merrit Handbook, maximum load, etc.

This worksheet using PTC Mathcad shows you how to calculate the bearing capacity factor for a specific pier, and then uses this calculation to find the maximum load of the pier. To begin, the worksheet defines all of the properties for the footings of the pier, the un-drained shear strength, the effective vertical stress, and the density of the soil the pier is on, with reference to the Merrit Handbook. 

Next, the constants to solve for the bearing capacity factors are defined and then the calculation itself is solved. Once the solution is found, it is used to calculate the maximum load of the pier. All calculations, formulas, data, and solutions are provided for you in this worksheet to aid you in your own calculations.

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