ultimate bearing capacity

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The bearing capacity that is the greatest stress that can be imposed by the weight of a building on a rock or soil without exceeding its strength and causing it to fail. Failure would cause the material to move and the foundations of the building to fail. Because engineers can never be certain of knowing the ultimate bearing capacity (qf) precisely, they divide it by a safety factor (F) to produce the safe bearing capacity (qs).

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