Behavior of Slender Piles Subject to Free-Field Lateral Soil Movement

Soil movements associated with slope instability induce shear forces and bending moments in stabilizing piles that vary with the buildup of passive pile resistance. For such free-field lateral soil movements, stress development along the pile element is a function of the relative displacement between the soil and the pile. To investigate the effects of relative soil-pile displacement on pile response, large-scale load tests were performed on relatively slender, drilled, composite pile elements (cementitious grout with centered steel reinforcing bar). The piles were installed through a shear box into stable soil and then loaded by lateral translation of the shear box. The load tests included two pile diameters (nominal 115 and 178 mm) and three cohesive soil types (loess, glacial till, and weathered shale). Instrumentation indicated the relative soil-pile displacements and the pile response to the loads that developed along the piles. Using the experimental results, an analysis approach was evaluated using soil p-y curves derived from laboratory undrained shear strength tests. The test piles and analyses helped characterize behavioral stages of the composite pile elements at loads up to pile section failure and also provided a unique dataset to evaluate the lateral response analysis method for its applicability to slender piles.

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    • White, David J
    • Thompson, Mark J
    • Suleiman, Muhannad T
    • Schaefer, Vernon Ray
  • Publication Date: 2008-4


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  • Accession Number: 01095673
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2008 6:17PM