Construction Glossary and Terms

Coarse grained non-cohesive soils

Soils which are composed mainly of, or combinations of, sand and gravel consist of largely siliceous, unaltered products of rock weathering. They have no plasticity and tend to lack cohesion, especially when dry. Under pressure of the loads on foundations the soils in this group compress and consolidate rapidly by some rearrangement of the coarse particles and the expulsion of water.

A foundation on coarse grained non-cohesive soils settles rapidly by consolidation of the soil, as the building is erected, so that there is no further settlement once the building is completed.


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