Design of Rock-Socketed Drilled Shafts

This project was aimed at evaluating and developing design methods for laterally loaded drilled shafts socketed in rock. Five lateral load tests on rock socketed drilled shafts with full range of instrumentation were conducted in Ohio. Detailed instrumentation included the use of vibrating wire strain gages, inclinometers, dial gages, and load cells. P-y curves representing site-specific lateral shaft-rock interaction were deduced from strain data. Field testing included the use of a borehole pressuremeter/dilatometer to obtain measurements that were correlated with rock mass strength and deformation parameters as well as with p-y curves. A comparison was made between the baseline p-y curves deduced from strain data of lateral load tests, the p-y curves predicted by using Reese’s interim criterion, and the p-y curves from the pressuremeter tests in rock. A new hyperbolic p-y criterion for rock is proposed based on the field test data and extensive theoretical work. Validation of the proposed p-y criterion of rock was carried out by comparing the predictions of shaft deflections and bending moments using the hyperbolic p-y criterion against actual lateral load tests results. Based on the findings of this study, a complete solution for the design of drilled shafts socketed in rock or intermediate geomaterials under lateral loads is provided.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 398p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044262
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/OH-2006/21
  • Contract Numbers: 134137
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2007 9:03AM