Model Study of Load Transfer in Slender Pile

by Ravi P. Aurora, (M.ASCE),
Michael W. O'Neill, (M.ASCE),
Edward H. Peterson,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 8, Pg. 941-945

Document Type: Journal Paper


This note describes an experimental study in which the phenomena influencing the development of patterns of skin friction in a very long, slender pile driven progressively deeper into two compacted clays were investigated. The study was accomplished through model tests in which the range of the pile-soil relative stiffness was representative of the range for many prototype friction piles. The state of effective stress along the piles was not simulated due to the restricted size of the model and lack of an apparatus to apply appropriate depthwise variable confining pressures.

Subject Headings: Load transfer | Piles | Compacted soils | Pile tests | Effective stress | Driven piles | Skin friction | Soil analysis

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