Analysis of inclined strip anchors in sand based on the block set mechanism

S. B. Yu, J. P. Hambleton, S. W. Sloan

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Anchors are widely used in foundation systems for structures requiring uplift resistance. As demonstrated by numerous theoretical and experimental studies on the subject, uncertainty remains as to both the theoretical uplift capacity of anchors in idealised soils and the suitability of the various modelling assumptions in capturing the responses observed during tests. This study, which deals exclusively with the theoretical uplift capacity, presents newly obtained predictions of uplift capacities and the corresponding collapse mechanisms for inclined strip anchors in sand. The analysis is based on the upper bound (kinematic) method of limit analysis and the so-called block set mechanism, in which a collapse mechanism consisting of sliding rigid blocks is optimised with respect to interior angles and edges of the blocks. It is demonstrated that the method provides lower (better) estimates of uplift capacity in some cases compared to previous upper bound calculations. Also, variations in the predicted collapse mechanism with changes in embedment and inclination are assessed in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Computational Mechanics
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783038350682
StatePublished - 2014
Event1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics, ACCM 2013 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: Oct 3 2013Oct 4 2013

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
ISSN (Print)1660-9336
ISSN (Electronic)1662-7482


Other1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics, ACCM 2013
CitySydney, NSW


  • Anchors
  • Block set mechanism
  • Failure surface
  • Limit analysis
  • Sand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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