I am working on a concept for design of a helical anchor plate. I have come up with a process that I need to try and make more efficient. My question is how would you apply the soil resistance to what is essentially looked at as a cantilever beam (unit section of the plate)? Is the resistance applied as a uniformly distributed load? Or because of the stiffness at the fixed end (plate/shaft interface) would the resistance be more applied as a linearly increasing distributed load (max at the fixed end). If that isn't clear, see the attachment.
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