USE OF EXPLOSIVES TO ENHANCE POWER OF A NEW DESIGN OF PILE HAMMER

This paper describes the adaptation of conventional concepts of internal ballistics to the driving of piles. Special considerations are given to the differentiation between the usual solution for guns, in which a lightweight projectile is propelled at a very high velocity, and a pile driving hammer propelling a ram with a relatively low velocity. The basic premise of a high explosive hammer is introduced, and a scheme is suggested for obtaining a pressure-space relationship for the propellant chamber and the velocity of a moveable ram, comprising the base of the chamber, at the time it impacts a pile. The feasibility of using such a hammer to drive an offshore deep penetration pile in a deposit of clay is investigated by means of wave equation modeling.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was presented at the ASME Meeting held September 18-22, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  USA  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Graff, W J
    • Gomah, E M
    • O'Neill, M W
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172516
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 77-Pet-80
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM