Author: Kerensky, OA;Henderson, W;Brown, W C
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Kerensky, OA;Henderson, W;Brown, W C
The paper discusses the problem of design of rafts resting on soft subgrades in which long-term deformations lead to a redistribution of reactions. Design moments and shears are calculated by assuming a uniform upthrust, and it is usual to analyse an inverted raft on column supports subjected to a uniformly distributed loading. Errors
inherent in such an approach are discussed and an alternative method is suggested. This assumes an elastic subgrade composed of very soft springs giving prominence to raft stiffness and ensuring uniform distribution upthrust. The method automatically satisfies local and overall equilibrium. A comparison of the two approaches on a raft analysed by the author for consulting engineers demonstrates the differences in design moments predicted by the two methods.
As announced in the March 1971 issue of The Structural Engineer (page 112) the Council awarded the 1971 Drury Medal to Mr. Peter Ellis, an Associate-Memberaged 24. The design submitted by Mr. Ellis was for an elevated tank for supplying water to an exhibition site. As well as the Drury Medal, Mr. Ellis receives a premium of £100.
In the January issue of The Structural Engineer, p. 28, there was a report on the damage to a 7-storey office block in Belfast caused by a bomb attack. This report has been interpreted by some engineers as an indictment against permanent wood-wool formwork, which is unfortunate.