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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-ansi-language: EN-US;" lang="EN-US">This note presents an alternative method for static load tests on piles (and caissons). Called Equilibrium Method by its first proponents, the method was applied in some load tests in Brazil, in addition to being the object of theoretical studies conducted at the Federal Univer...
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<p>Soil-structure interaction (SSI) evaluates how soil or rock deformability imposes on the structure a different load path in a hypothesis of fixed supports, altering the loads acting on the structural elements and the ground. This paper discusses the results of the SSI effects in two buildings with a reinforced concrete structure and shallow foundations ...
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<p>The determination of the bearing capacity of shallow foundations can be considered as a complex elasto-plastic deformation problem, which is often studied phenomenologically. The phenomenological equations are naturally constructed based on the typical dimensions of the variables involved (unit weight, foundation size, etc.) - all physical laws must gua...
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<p>Three case histories of dam engineering related topics are presented as previous knowledge and experience would not have led to predict their impact on dam design. The Lecture honours Prof. Victor de Mello by discussing the Balbina HPP where Prof. de Mello led the saprolite foundation design when ancient termite canaliculae were found, imposing the need...
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