Soil Settlement Under Foundations

 
The approximate relationship between loads on foundations and settlement is:
 
 
Where:
q =  load intensity, lb/ft2 (kg/m2)
P  =  settlement, in (mm)
d =  depth of foundation below ground surface, ft (m)
b = width of foundation, ft (m)
C1 =  coefficient dependent on internal friction
C2coefficient dependent on cohesion
 
The coefficients C1 and C2 are usually determined by bearingplate loading tests.
 

Contributed by:
Prashant Kien
University of Montreal
Pune, India

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