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A Rational Design Procedure for Machine Foundations


Pauw, Adrian (1952) A Rational Design Procedure for Machine Foundations. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/MZVV-X944.


The problem involved in the design of machine foundations are discussed, followed by a short review of the literature of the subject. The general theory of vibration for single and multiple degree of freedom systems is briefly reviewed, with special emphasis on its application to machine foundation design. A procedure for the analysis of machine foundations is then developed on the basis of a simplified equivalent system. Procedures for determining the elastic coefficients and the inertia parameters of the soil are next considered.

The purpose and extent of the experimental investigations are discussed, followed by a description of the instrumentation used and the nature and accuracy of the data obtained. The data is then analyzed and checked against the theory presented. The data required for the design of machine foundations is discussed, and a procedure for design and analysis is recommended. In conclusion recommendations for further study and research are made.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Civil Engineering and Mathematics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Civil Engineering
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Martel, Romeo Raoul (advisor)
  • Converse, Frederick James (advisor)
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1952
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Johnson FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:12012017-090837077
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ID Code:10575
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:01 Dec 2017 18:27
Last Modified:16 May 2023 21:26

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