Summary of key points

Serviceability limit states involve conditions beyond which specified service requirements are no longer met. Verification of these limit states may be demonstrated by satisfying the inequality:

t'd- d or, for conventional structures founded on clay:

Yr ,sls where the symbols are as defined earlier in this chapter.

In essence, the introduction of Eurocode 7 makes little or no change to the way that geotechnical structures are checked for serviceability conditions.

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