The Role of Ram Momentum in Pile Driving — Part IV: Applications

The author explored the importance of momentum in pile driving in a paper published in GSP No. 125 (see Crapps, 2004). Parts I through III of the GSP No. 125 paper presented the pertinent theory and discussed the role of momentum in pile force, penetration and pile specifications. The entire hammer-pile-soil system must be considered for successful pile installation. This paper presents relationships to estimate the pile force and ram momentum required for pile penetration for specification and hammer selection purposes. These relationships and principles presented herein may be used to assist with pile design, to evaluate the effects of site variability, to assist with hammer selection, to evaluate the effects of hammer performance variability and to reduce and/or settle pile claims.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 331-350
  • Monograph Title: From Research to Practice in Geotechnical Engineering

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  • Accession Number: 01538381
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784409626
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2014 3:01PM