The present work has given an opportunity of studying the concepts of elastic settlements using an ideal field situation of an unsaturated, relatively uniform and homogeneous soil loaded for a very short period. For the cases cited in this paper, the calculated elastic plus consolidation settlements agree reasonably well with settlements observed during the water tests. The consolidation settlement was found to be relatively insignificant and for the case of unsaturated lateritic soil loaded for a relatively short period, the elastic settlement can be used to predict settlements.

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