I’m working on a model that needs to use a foundation slab with an elastic support. I used Planar Supports to assign such kind of support:
For this purpose (put a question) I created a quite simple model of a rectangular foundation slab 5x6m. It’s loaded with self-weigh and with a Live load of -10kN/m2:
I would like to get soil reactions - K map but it seems not possible. I got no results, only zeros:
I think the reason for this is because I assigned elastic supports with planar supports dialog box and not using Parameters of foundations elasticity at New Thickness Finite element dialog box:
In fact I tried to use it, but the original model has horizontal loads, so I would need to restrain horizontal movements (X and Y) as well as Z rotation. I tried several ways but couldn’t get convergence of the model, so I decided the approached with planar supports.
Getting back to the question, I would need to find out if stresses induced to soil are below its capacity. Maybe I’m missing some way to get those values, but until now I could only get reactions (kN) values at supports.. No soil stresses/ reactions:
Can you help me getting results as soil stresses in spite of forces at supports?
Thank you in advance,
I'm attaching the model I used for this question.
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If you use nodal (surface) supports then you don't get maps for elastic soil as it is not defined. In such case the values of reactions are listed in the table of reactions. Maps are available only for a definition of elasticity assigned to a panel thickness. I assume that the lack of convergence is simply the instability due to lack of horizontal restrains in the model with the elastic soil you created. The solution is the definition of the elastic soil in the panel thickness and either definition of additional nodal supports that restrain horizontal movement (see the attached file) or add KX and KY values in the definition of the elastic soil itself.
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Thank you Artur for your time,
At the model without convergence I tried to assign some nodal supports to restrain horizontal movements and rotation around Z but it didn't work.
Regarding your recommendations I suppose I can blend approaches so I can use planar supports (instead of nodal) to put those restrains like picture below:
and then assign the KZ at Finite Element thickness menu:
I tried it and got immediate convergence, even with uplift.
Thank you, Filipe
So you decided on the 'either' approach
For the possible lack of convergence with uplift in the future:
1. Try to mark matrix update after each iteration (see the picture)
2. Check if the overturning moment (moment caused by upwards and horizontal forces about the edge of the raft foundation) is smaller than the stabilization one (due to downwards loads such as e.g. selfweight) about the same axis.
Thank you once again,
I used to check that list
I think that at other previous models my problem is that I used to assign a Kx and Ky value and only restrain global Z rotation with a nodal support. Usually (taking with care the statement) we "never have a foundation slab sliding" due to its dimensions, weigh and position so blocking horizontal displacements seems a possible solution.
Just wrote this note trying to "complete" my approach if it becomes useful for someone.