Analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations by Lymon C Reese; William M Isenhower; Shin-Tower Wang

By Lymon C Reese; William M Isenhower; Shin-Tower Wang

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A large amount of material may be dumped in an area if the glacier stalls in its retreat The outwash from melt water is mainly fine-grained material that forms a plain or apron. The material is usually stratified and may exist as long, winding ridges. Many glacial deposits create a problem for the foundation engineer because of their lack of homogeneity. A particular problem for deep foundations occurs when a glacier leaves a deposit of boulders. com 16 ENGINEERING GEOLOGY Co py rig hte dM ate ria l deposit be difficult or impossible to map, but penetrating the boulders with piles can be extraordinarily difficult.

It is used to describe the soil types, but additional information on the position of the water table and the results of shear strength testing in the laboratory or field are also needed so that the proper load-transfer models can be selected by the foundation engineer. 2 Position of the Water Table The soil and rock profile also includes information about the presence and elevation of the water table. 2 DATA NEEDED FOR THE DESIGN OF FOUNDATIONS 23 Co py rig hte dM ate ria l at which water will exist in an open excavation or borehole, given sufficient time for steady-state conditions to be reached.

If the stratum was deposited in water and attained considerable thickness over a long period of time, a specimen at a particular depth is normally consolidated if equilibrium exists, with no flow of water from the specimen due to the weight of the overburden. The specimen is overconsolidated if some of the overburden was removed by erosion or if the stratum was exposed to the atmosphere and later resubmerged. Consolidation may have occurred by desiccation if the stratum was uplifted and exposed to the air.

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