Foundation Design: Theory and Practice

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Foundation Design: Theory and Practice Book By N. S. V. Kameswara Rao

The book consists of 12 chapters plus appendices. Chapters 1–3 present the engineering

properties, tests and design parameters needed for the analysis and design of foundations.

Chapter 4 discusses the conventional and rational approaches for designing different types of

shallow foundations, including rafts. Methods for exact solutions using beams and plates on

elastic foundations are presented in Chapter 5. Numerical methods of analysis such as finite

difference method (FDM) and methods of weighted residuals (Galerkin, least squares, etc.) are

discussed in Chapter 6. The finite element method (FEM) for foundation analysis is explained

in Chapter 7. The design criteria for shallow foundations are presented in Chapter 8 while

actual design principles are given in Chapter 12 along with structural design details. Chapter 9

discusses the design and construction of deep foundations such as piles, large diameter drilled

piers, pile raft systems and non-drilled piers/caissons. The construction aspects and design of

pile foundations are presented in Chapter 10. The principles of machine foundation design are

discussed in Chapter 11. Chapter 12 summarizes the important provision of RCC design codes

and comparative features of commonly used codes such as the Indian Code, Euro Code, and

ACI Code. As mentioned earlier, detailed examples of structural design of shallow foundations

are also given in this chapter.