Shallow foundation analysis by smoothed particle hydrodynamics method

This paper illustrates the use of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) technique to compute the bearingcapacity of shallow foundations and establish their failure mechanism. SPH is a numerical method based on aLagrangian formulation to solve partial differential equations by discretizing the computational domain with a setof particles that have field variables such as mass, and density. SPH is a meshless method and is not affected bythe particles’ arbitrariness due to its adaptive nature, and it can naturally handle problems that are caused by largedeformations. Non-associated Drucker-Prager model is implemented into the model to simulate the soil behavior.The computed values are then compared with PLAXIS 2D finite element results. Agreements of the results ofthese two methods show that SPH is potentially a promising method for geotechnical problems experiencing largedeformations and mesh distortions.


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V. Emren and K. Tuncay, “Shallow foundation analysis by smoothed particle hydrodynamics method,” İstanbul, Türkiye, 2021, vol. 1, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: