Settlement of a Silo Subjected to Cyclic Loading

by Marco Favaretti, Univ of Padova, Padova, Italy,
Alberto Mazzucato, Univ of Padova, Padova, Italy,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments


The paper presents the vertical settlement values for a corn silo located at Ca' Mello, close to Porto Tolle (Italy), and compares it with the theoretical results obtained using a simplified one-dimensional consolidation theory, under cyclic triangular-shaped loading. Settlements of the silo's lateral sides range between two extremes, corresponding to the filling and emptying of the silo. A steady-state condition seems to have been reached after a few loading-unloading cycles.

Subject Headings: Silos | Cyclic loads | Structural settlement | Differential settlement | Soil settlement | Vertical loads | Load factors | Clays | California | United States | Italy | Europe

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