Prediction of Settlements of Footings on Sands: Accuracy and Reliability

by Riccardo Berardi, Univ of Genova, Genova, Italy,
Renato Lancellotta, Univ of Genova, Genova, Italy,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments


Serviceability limit states are controlled by the deformations that a specific structure can undergo. This aspect involves a correct design of foundations to ensure that the supported structure fulfills its functions. This paper deals with the prediction of settlements of footings on sands, an open problem subjected to a number of uncertainties. An analysis of some currently used methods to estimate settlements is presented, in order to show accuracy and reliability of each of them.

Subject Headings: Soil settlement | Structural reliability | Foundation settlement | Soil deformation | Footings | Structural settlement | Foundation design | Structural analysis

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