The Master’s Thesis was discussed in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Kufa, entitled: “Setup the General Equations to Determine Ultimate Bearing Capacity for Reinforced Sandy Soil under Strip Foundations” for the student, Nour Ali Fakher, from the Department of Civil Engineering. The Dean of the College, Assistant Professor Dr. Hasan Mahdi Al-Khateeb, attended a part of the discussion, expressing his thanks and appreciation to the discussion committee as president and members for completing the discussions of graduate studies in the faculty under the current circumstances, congratulating the student for accomplishing her mission and wishing all success.
The preparation of the thesis was supervised by Assistant Professor Dr. Mohammed Kadum Fakhraldin from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Kufa, and the discussion committee consisted of Prof. Muhammad Shaker Mahmoud al-Shakurji from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Kufa as Chair, Assistant Professor Dr. Mahmoud Dhiab Ahmad from the College of Engineering, University of Baghdad as a member, and Professor Assistant Dr. Tawfiq Amer Jawad, the Faculty of Engineering, University of Kufa, is a member.
Reinforced soil technology is considered one of the most important methods of soil improvement due to its simplicity and speed in implementation and saving cost, as the use of nets affects improving soil bearing capacity and reducing foundation settlement.
The research aims to prepare equations by adopting the analytical and experimental study to estimate the maximum bearing capacity of the foundations of the soil reinforced with the meshes of the sandy soil under the strip foundation.
And through the study, the researcher pointed to the development of new formulas for bearing capacity, including the contribution of reinforcement to increasing the bearing capacity of the reinforced sandy soil foundation under the strip foundation based on the proposed failure mechanisms. Failure mechanisms for reinforced soil foundations have been proposed based on literature review and pilot study results. For each stratum, the values of the expected bearing capacity were compared with the results of laboratory model tests on reinforced sand where the values of bearing capacity expected from the analytical solutions correspond well to the test results.
After the committee discussed the student the content of the thesis and praised her for the research presented and its importance, it recommended accepting the thesis after making some minor modifications and important evaluation notes.