Damage to residential structures due to tree root drying: a case study

Li, J, Sun, X, Zou, J and Guo, L 2014, 'Damage to residential structures due to tree root drying: a case study', in Chun Qing Li, Sujeeva Setunge, Saman de Silva (ed.) Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Infrastructure Failures and Consequences (ICIFC 2014), Melbourne, Australia, 16-20 July 2014, pp. 331-336.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Damage to residential structures due to tree root drying: a case study
Author(s) Li, J
Sun, X
Zou, J
Guo, L
Year 2014
Conference name ICIFC 2014
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 16-20 July 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Infrastructure Failures and Consequences (ICIFC 2014)
Editor(s) Chun Qing Li, Sujeeva Setunge, Saman de Silva
Publisher RMIT University
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 331
End page 336
Total pages 6
Abstract Trees have long been known to cause damage to pavements and residential buildings as a result of soil desiccation by tree roots. This paper presents a case study of a residential house damaged by expansive soil movement. The field investigation revealed that the damage was most likely caused by tree root drying, which resulted in non-uniform soil moisture conditions. The case study has shown that there is no simple method to prevent cracking and movement in residential buildings constructed on highly reactive soils in the near vicinity of large trees with high moisture demand such Eucalypts on this property.
Subjects Civil Geotechnical Engineering
Keyword(s) Expansive soils
Trees
Residential footing
Case study
ISBN 9780992557010
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