Immediate settlement of a rectangular foundations embedded in a saturated isotropic elastic soil

G. X. Mei, Jianhua Yin, J. M. Zai, G. F. Zhu

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Immediate settlement is an integral part of the final settlement of a foundation resting on a clay soil. This paper compares the results based on three assumptions, that are, rigid footing, distributed loading on an open pit and distributed loading in a soil layer. Relatively large differences are observed between these three assumptions. In estimating the immediate settlement of an embedded footing, it is preferred that a loading condition that approximates the real condition is selected. Coefficients of immediate settlement presented in the paper can also be used to estimate the immediate settlement of embedded foundation in an isotropic elastic soil.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalGeotechnical Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2005


  • Elastic soil
  • Embedded footing
  • Immediate settlement
  • Rectangular footing
  • Saturated soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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