Modelling foundations with the correct rigidity and element type is crucial for the load distribution and stability analysis.
Options within FEM-Design are the Foundation Design and 3D Soil modules with many useful and effective tools to help you with this design work.
What is the difference between the two modules and what are they used for?
There are two main features of Foundation Design. On the one hand, the module can be used to automatically estimate rigidities on cohesion piles and foundation slabs on the ground, but there are also designing checks according to Eurocode 7.
The properties of the soil are used as a starting point for both rigidity calculation using Winkler theory, but also in design checks. In addition to bearing checks of the soil, there are also convenient tools to check differentials displacements between different points in a slab, or other construction parts, as well as check against sliding of foundations.
3D Soil is an advanced analysis tool which includes the soil strata in the analysis. Nonlinear analysis and plastic redistribution is possible to analyse in this module. This makes it the perfect tool for more advanced calculations where the soil behaviour is paramount, for example in foundation slabs, retaining walls and sheet piling. The analysis also produces results for the soil itself, for example, stresses and deformations. It is therefore very useful in situations where settlement calculation needs to be carried out in detail.
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