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2m 34 σzz for settlement of the soil.

P σzz = γd. 1) This is a consequence of vertical equilibrium of a column of soil of height d. 1: Stresses in a homogeneous layer. tion. That seems to be a reasonable assumption if the terrain is homogeneous and very large, with a single geological history. Often this is assumed, even when there are no data. At a depth of 10 m, for instance, the vertical total stress is 200 kN/m2 = 200 kPa. Because the groundwater is at rest, the pressures in the water will be hydrostatic.

In fact the acceleration terms would be a factor 3 × 108 smaller, and therefore may be neglected. It seems probable that the friction force between the particles and the water depends upon the velocity of the water, and in particular such that the force will increase with increasing velocity, and acting in opposite direction. It can also be expected that the friction force will be larger, at the same velocity, if the viscosity of the fluid is larger (the fluid is then more sticky).

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