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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 guarantee th...
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This article addresses the importance of considering foundation-structure interaction in the design of high-rise buildings. Embedding the behavior of the foundation in the analysis of structures is fundamental to simulate the real deformability of these constructions. On the foundation design side, the addition of structure stiffness implies in the reduction of ...
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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 to contr...
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The Standard Penetration Test (SPT) is often used to estimate the soil parameters for geotechnical design projects, using the NSPT index. However, these estimates are performed based on empirical correlations without any scientific basis. Moreover, the test has a large inherent results dispersion due to the use of different types of equipment and execution proce...
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