Matric suction is the pressure dry soil exerts on the surrounding soils to equalise the moisture content in the overall block of soil.
Matric suction conditions in the soil profile were obtained through steady-state unsaturated seepage analyses.
The initial matric suction profile is the same as suction varied from 409 kPa at tree root to 49 kPa at the lower boundary of the soil domain.
The contours of changes in matric suction are presented in Fig. 11. The closer to the tree, the more change in suction is observed. The results of the stress-deformation analysis are shown in Fig 14 as contours of vertical displacement.
A maximum foundation settlement of 80mm and a minimum settlement of 25 mm was observed. A maximum settlement in the soil profile took place at tree location and decrease with horizontal distance and depth.
Includes Extracts of Proceedings of Geo-institute Shallow Foundations and Soil Properties Committee sessions at the ASCE 2001 Civil Engineering Conference. (2001). Expansive Clay Soils and Vegetative Influence on Shallow Foundations (pp. 36 – 37). Houston: American Society of Civil Engineers.
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