Prediction of pile capacity

Juan Carlos Santamarina*, A. Reginatto

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This report summarizes the assumptions, calculation procedure, and results related to the prediction of the long term behavior of piles. Two driven steel piles and two drilled piers are analyzed. The site is on the southern shore of Lake Michigan; it is characterized by an upper layer of dense sand fill on lacustrine clay. The effect of uncertainties in the calculations is assessed. The test piles include: (a) a driven 457-mm diameter closed-end pipe pile, (b) a driven HP 14×73 pile, (c) a drilled pier installed with temporary casing, 610-mm diam. for the upper 9.8 m, and 380-mm diam. for the lower section, and (d) a drilled pier installed by the slurry method, 610-mm diam. for the upper 2.6 m, and 380-m diam. for the lower section. Three sets of load tests were performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-269
Number of pages12
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 1 1989
EventPile Prediction Symposium - Evanston, IL, USA
Duration: Jun 25 1989Jun 25 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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