## What are Bearing Capacity Values of Different Types of Soil?

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What are the bearing capacity values of different types of soils such as clay, sand, gravel, rocks etc.?

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Following table shows maximum bearing capacity values of different types of soils:

Types of SoilBearing Capacity (Kg/m^{2})Bearing Capacity (kN/m^{2})Bearing capacity of soil is the maximum load per unit area. This is the ultimate bearing capacity of soil shown in table. Dividing the ultimate soil bearing capacity by a safety factor we get the maximum safe bearing capacity of soil for design of foundations.

Dear Gopal, thankyou for this informative. I have an additional query. How does one deduce the soil type (among the above mentioned types) by visual inspection or simple field tests ?

Review the Gopal first column, it’s wrong, the correct value must be: the tabla value divided by 10000

correct

@Giuseppe Pace

1 kg = 10 N, so, 1000 N = 100 kg = 1 kN. So, value of column 2 is divided by 100 to obtain value in kN/m

^{2}.Can I get step by step on how to find out SBC if cohesion=0.36 kg/cm²,angle of internal friction=13,Field dry density=1.603,fmc=12%.