Subgrade Reaction in Mat Foundation Design

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Title: Subgrade Reaction in Mat Foundation Design

Author(s): E. J. Ulrich, Jr.

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 152

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 95-116

Keywords: bearing capacity; finite element method; mat foundations; settlement (structural); subgrades; Design

Date: 3/1/1995

Abstract:
Often, an apparently compatible relationship between mat and soil deteriorates due to the plague of construction details and the design-construction relationship. This paper reviews subgrade reaction in case studies of four landmark buildings in Houston. Concepts related to mat foundation analysis using the finite element method are discussed to acquaint the practitioner with the related soil-structure interaction concepts. Also included is an examination of structural considerations in connection with mat foundation design.