Numerical Models for the Design of Shallow Foundations for Low-Rise Buildings

  • H. D. Skinner
  • M. S. Crilly
  • J. A. Charles
Conference paper
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 397)


For lightly loaded shallow foundations, most problems are due to ground movements caused by factors not related to the weight of the building. Current methods for calculating ground movements associated with changes in the moisture content of partially saturated soils rely on largely empirical techniques and are only capable of providing an estimate of the likely movements. Particular difficulties involved in modelling the behaviour of shrinkable soils for shallow foundations are generally related to boundary conditions. The use of more realistic models for soil behaviour, together with the appropriate laboratory and field testing, could put design and analysis of shallow foundations on to a more rational and scientific basis, permitting the quantitative assessment of the relative merits of a number of different foundation solutions.


Ground Movement Saturated Soil Stress Path Matric Suction Expansive Soil 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. D. Skinner
    • 1
  • M. S. Crilly
    • 1
  • J. A. Charles
    • 1
  1. 1.Building Research Establishment Ltd.Watford, LondonUK

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