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Foundation Vibration Analysis Using Simple Physical Models by John P. Wolf

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Foreword

Building on a solid foundation has traditionally been considered an essential requirement to guarantee that a structure, or for that purpose any human creation, will withstand the attacks of time, the environment, and other human actions, performing safely and reliably its intended function. The fact that not only the strength but also the deformability of the foundation will affect the behavior and performance of a building has also been long recognized. Yet structures and their foundations are often analyzed and designed independently, with little or no communication between structural and geotechnical (once foundation) engineers. Digital computers—which allowed engineers to obtain at a relatively low cost the solution of complex models ...

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