MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 337, 2021PanAm-Unsat 2021: 3rd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Slopes, Embankments, Roads, and Foundations|
|Published online||26 April 2021|
Evaluation of settlement of shallow foundations laid on unsaturated soils
1 Department of Civil Engineering, Inta-Uninta University Center, 62050-100 Sobral, Brazil
2 Department of Civil Engineering, Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Ceara, 62940-000 Morada Nova, Brazil
3 Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Federal University of Ceara, 60355-636 Fortaleza, Brazil
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The study presents an experimental and numerical study on an unsaturated, non-plastic and poorly graded sand, originated from Fortaleza-CE, Brazil. The numerical analyses used the Finite Element Method (FEM), were performed using the UNSTRUCT software to simulate the curve stress versus strain, considering the effect of suction on soil stiffness. Characterization and determination of the retention curve were performed through filter paper tests, which were used to determine the stress versus strain curve in a double-oedometer test. Suction was considered constant along the entire test. From the numerical analyses done with UNSTRUCT software presented satisfactory results, especially in the presence of suction profiles, that show the variation of suction along of the depth. It can be concluded that higher suction values (and soil stiffness) generate lower settlements.
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