Accession Number PB2013-103475
Title Use of Pile Driving Analysis for Assessment of Axial Load Capacity of Piles.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 35p
Personal Author R. Salgado Y. Zhang
Abstract Driven piles are commonly used in foundation engineering. Pile driving formulae, which directly relate the pile set per blow to the capacity of the pile, are commonly used to decide whether an installed pile will have the designed capacity. However, existing formulae have been proposed based on empirical observations and have not been validated scientifically, so some might over-predict pile capacity, while others may be too conservative. In this report, a more advanced and realistic model developed at Purdue University for dynamic pile driving analysis was used to develop more accurate pile driving formulae. These formulae are derived for piles installed in typical soil profiles: a floating pile in sand, an end-bearing pile in sand, a floating pile in clay, an end-bearing pile in clay and a pile crossing a normally consolidated clay layer and resting on a dense sand layer. The proposed driving formulae are validated through well documented case histories of driven piles. Comparison of the predictions from the proposed formulae with the results from static load tests, dynamic load tests and conventional formulae show that they produce reasonably accurate predictions of pile capacity based on pile set observations.
Keywords Assessments
Axial capacity
Dynamic analysis
Foundations
Loads(Forces)
Numerical modeling
Pile driving
Pile dynamics
Pile structure
Soils


 
Source Agency Federal Highway Administration
NTIS Subject Category 50A - Highway Engineering
50D - Soil & Rock Mechanics
85H - Road Transportation
Corporate Author Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN. Joint Transportation Research Program.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number SPR-3378

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