Foundation failure of a silo on varved clay

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Journal titleEngineering Journal
Pages5457; # of pages: 4
Subjectclay soils; soft clay; foundations; failure ( deficiency); bearing capacity; Basements and foundations
AbstractThis paper is a case record describing the bearing capacity failure of a farm silo near New Liskeard, Ont. The silo failed suddenly in July, 1961, the day following its first filling to capacity. The failure of this silo, which was founded on a considerable depth of normally consolidated varved clay, provided an opportunity to assess the applicability of bearing capacity theories to a highly stratified clay. In September, 1961, a field investigation was carried out in which the undisturbed strength of the clay was measured with a field vane apparatus and samples taken with a thin-walled tube piston sampler for laboratory strength determinations. The results of the site investigation are presented and discussed with regard to the required bearing capacity.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number7049
NPARC number20374888
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Record identifier2050eb80-c490-4815-8519-b8143a1a7cb9
Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-07-13
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