Pile Cap-Pile Group-Soil Interaction

by Chandrakant S. Desai, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, Va. 24061,
Ahmad R. Alameddine, Formerly Graduate Student; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, Va. 24061,
Thangavelu Kuppusamy, Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, Va 24061,


Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 5, Pg. 817-834


Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: A numerical procedure based on the finite element method is proposed for the analysis of structural systems composed of beam-column (pile), plate (cap) and nonlinear springs (soil). It integrates one-and two-dimensional idealizations for these components in order to obtain an approximation to the three-dimensional problem. It allows for soil-structure interaction effects as influenced by nonlinear soil behavior, loss of contact and tensile stress conditions. The predictions from the procedure show satisfactory comparison with results from other numerical procedures and laboratory observations. A parametric study is conducted to indentify the influence of relative stiffnesses on distribution of loads and displacements in the cap-pile-soil system. The procedure can permit computation of the histories of stresses, moments and displacements in the entire system.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Soil analysis | System analysis | Structural systems | Piles | Contact mechanics

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