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Base plate design is an essential part of any structural project. All available bibliography related to the analysis and subsequent design of base plates considers uniaxial behavior. However, since many structural models are tridimensional, the reactions obtained from the structure have moments about both axes, as shown in Figure 1. In this article uniaxial methods are extended to handle biaxial problems.
To solve biaxial problems a non-linear equations system is needed, because concrete can only handle compression forces and anchor rods can only handle tension. In general, the system variables are: the maximum compressive concrete stress, maximum anchor rods tension, neutral axis angle and bearing length. A common practice is to fix maximum compressive concrete stress by the adopted design code. In this case; we have a three equations and three variables system. In addition, a new equation could be included: strain compatibility; that is to say, the base plate is considered as fully rigid and the strains in compression and tension zones have a lineal relationship.