Published: Jan 1954
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Many dynamic engineering problems, such as machine foundations, require an exact knowledge of the dynamic behavior of the soil. The assumption that the soil acts as a linear spring without mass does not lead to satisfactory results, since large-scale tests have shown considerable discrepancies with this simplified theory. The paper deals with these discrepancies and aims to obtain an adequate solution by introducing the nonelastic behavior of soil into the theory. This introduction leads to considerable mathematical difficulties, but graphical methods and approximate calculations could be developed.
Professor of Civil Engineering, Technical University, Berlin-Charlottenburg,