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# RE: Dynamic design of machine foundation

• To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
• Subject: RE: Dynamic design of machine foundation
• From: "Garner, Robert /SD" <rgarner(--nospam--at)moffattnichol.com>
• Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 12:40:57 -0800

```I wrote a Basic program for compressor foundations back when I worked for
Chiyoda.  It won honorable mention in the old CRSI computer program
contests.  I'll look it up tonight and see what the basis was.  It was a
common vibration solution specifically for reciprocating loads.

Regards,

Bob G.

-----Original Message-----
From: Rich Lewis [mailto:sea(--nospam--at)lewisengineering.com]
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2004 12:50 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Dynamic design of machine foundation

I am designing a foundation for a 130,000 lb compressor with dynamic
loads.  The foot print of the equipment is over a 30X40 ft. area.  It
will have a separate mat foundation below it.

I have done some research and it appears to me a dynamic load such as
this requires a special analysis to calculate the deflections based on
the dynamics.  I found several references on this, one in particular by
Bowles in the 5th ed., chapter 20.  He has a program to calculate the
vertical, horizontal and rocking deflections due to the machine
dynamics.  Is the method he describes in his book what is commonly used
in practice today?  Is there an easier way to do this?

Bowles method requires the dynamic shear modulus.  Are there some tables
with typical values for clay soil other than what he has in his text?
Bowles uses primarily metric in this chapter and doesn't have an
equation for English dynamic modulus.

I would appreciate any suggestion I can get for foundation design of

-------------
Richard Lewis
Lewis Engineering
rlewis(--nospam--at)lewisengineering.com

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