Settlement of Rectangular Foundation on Soil Layer

by Jean-Pierre Giroud, (A.M.ASCE), Prof. of Soil Mech.; Soil Mech. Lab., Univ. of Grenoble, Cedex, France,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 1, Pg. 149-154

Document Type: Journal Paper


The settlement of the surface of a finite layer of soil due to a concentrated vertical load has been determined by Taylor as mentioned by Poulos. This technical note presents the results of a numerical integration that has given the average settlement over the whole rectangular area instead of the corner of a uniformly loaded rectangular area. The results apply with a good approximation to rigid rectangular foundations.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Foundation settlement | Vertical loads | Layered soils | Concentrated loads | Numerical methods | Load factors | Approximation methods

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