Effects of environment on the performance of shallow foundations

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Geotechnical Journal
ISSN0008-3674
Volume6
Issue1
Pages6580; # of pages: 16
Subjectshallow foundations; clay soils; hygrothermal environment; moisture content; stresses; Basements and foundations
AbstractIn addition to its structural role, the foundation usually separates the man-made indoor climate from the actual environment of the ground. The implications of this secondary role are sometimes not fully appreciated by the designer, with serious consequences. The structural success of shallow foundations on volume-changing clays may be governed by their net effects on the subsoil environment. The significance of changes from natural ground conditions by construction must be appreciated at least qualitatively by the foundation designer. Natural and artifical changes in the thermal, the moisture, and the stress environments of subsoils are discussed in this paper, with particular emphasis on the clay soils and the climatic conditions of Western Canada.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierDBR-RP-386
NRC number10519
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NPARC number20375001
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Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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