IN this hook the author has treated in an elementary manner both the fundamental principles involved in the design of foundations and also standard methods of carrying out the actual work. Special treatment is given of the footing courses of structures, these being considered apart from the foundation proper. The Rankine theory is adopted for the permissible bearing pressure on soils, and a modified form of Rankine's formula is given; there is a brief discussion of the precautions which must he considered in dealing with various descriptions of soil. Several different methods of construction in the footing courses are given, such as concrete, brick, reinforced concrete, grillage, I beams, and cantilevers; these are clearly described, and the student will have no difficulty in following the methods of calculation. A feature of the book consists in worked-out examples of each case; these will be found to he of great service to the reader. The treatment of the design and driving of piles is good and up-to-date, as is also that of bridge piers and abutments.
Foundations: a Short Text-book on Ordinary Foundations, including a brief description of the methods used for Difficult Foundations.
By Prof. M. A. Howe. Pp. vii + 110. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1914.) Price 5s. 6d. net.
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Foundations: a Short Text-book on Ordinary Foundations, including a brief description of the methods used for Difficult Foundations . Nature 94, 449–450 (1914). https://doi.org/10.1038/094449b0