Analysis and Design of Tower Foundations

by Richard L. Wiggins,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 1, Pg. 77-100

Document Type: Journal Paper


A comprehensive set of design procedures for tower foundations of the drilled shaft type is presented. Included is an analysis of various soil types, soil testing procedures, and interpretation of field and laboratory test results. Procedures are developed separately for horizontal shear, compression, and uplift in various soil types. The structural design of the reinforced concrete shaft for combined uplift and bending is presented as well as cases involving compression at extremely high eccentricities. Computer generated design aids are presented which offer some relief from tedious calculations. Two simple design problems are used to illustrate the developed procedures.

Subject Headings: Structural design | Soil analysis | Soil classification | Foundation design | Shafts | Soil tests | Field tests | Laboratory tests

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