allowable soil pressure

allowable soil pressure

[ə′lau̇·ə·bəl ′sȯil ‚presh·ər]
(civil engineering)

allowable bearing value, allowable soil pressure, allowable bearing capacity

The maximum permissible pressure on foundation soil that provides adequate safety against rupture of the soil mass or movement of the foundation of such magnitude as to impair the structure that imposes the pressure.
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In the traditional design method an arbitrarily selected factor of safety is used to determine allowable soil pressure.