How To Verify The Given Bearing Capacity of Any Soil
We can use the “slowly applying load” method to verify the given bearing capacity of the soil.
⇒ Let’s assume the given safe bearing capacity of the soil is 16 t/m².
⇒ To verify the bearing capacity of this soil, add an initial test load on the platform. The initial test load should be twice the safe bearing capacity, i.e. 32 t/m², and write down the settlement.
⇒ When settlement stops, the load on the platform is increased by 50 per cent of the initial load, i.e. 16 t/m² and settlement is again noted.
⇒ Now, for both cases of loading, if the settlement does not exceed 17 mm and 25 mm respectively, So, we can say that the given safe bearing capacity of the soil is correct.