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Do *NOT* claim "adjoining states", since that would include Louisiana,
for one, and we have very different soil conditions and water tables
than your location.  Hell...I've been laughing about the "underground
structure" thread....we dont have anything underground in the southern
portion of the state without including the phrase "underwater".  There
are areas within Texas with similar problems, including the
Oklahoma/Texas border in the "bottoms".  

I don't see how you can get that certification without a statement
"subject to local soil conditions and approval of local PE/architect" or something.

However, your calcs look fine.

Bart Kemper, P.E.

RajSTC(--nospam--at) wrote:
> I am evaluating the adequacy of a, buried, steel storm shelter manufactured
> by a local steel fabrication shop.  In order to pass the FEMA approval
> criteria, the structure has to be checked for floatation assuming that the
> water table can rise up to the ground level.  For a box, L'XW'XH', the
> buoyancy is 62.4LWH.  The weight of the steel structure is very small in
> comparison to the buoyancy.  Additional weight has to come from soil weight
> on the extended portions of the bottom plate.  For the purposes of further
> discussions, assume that the bottom plate extends 2' beyond the face of the
> walls.
> For estimating the weight of soil on the extended plate, should the soil be
> limited to 2' wide column?  It seems to me that the failure of soil will be
> in the form of a wedge, the wedge being bounded by the vertical wall of the
> structure, the 2' projection of the bottom plate, existing ground surface and
> an inclined line emanating from the edge of the extended plate.  The inclined
> line could be assumed to be at 60 deg. from the horizontal.
> No site specific soil reports available.  The structure will be installed
> anywhere in Oklahoma and adjoining states.  I will put a disclaimer on the
> drawing to exclude sites that may have expansive clays, silts etc.
> Any thoughts?
> P. Rajendran
> Service & Technology Corporation
> 105 SW Penn
> Bartlesville, OK 74003
> Ph: 918 336 8161  FAX: 918 336 8265

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