Lateral Resistance of Piles in Cohesionless Soils

by Bengt B. Broms,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1964, Vol. 90, Issue 3, Pg. 123-158

Document Type: Journal Paper


Methods are presented for the calculation of deflections, ultimate resistance, and moment distribution for laterally loaded single piles and pile groups driven into cohesionless soils. The lateral deflections have been calculated assuming that the coefficient of subgrade reaction increases linearly with depth and that the value of this coefficient depends primarily on the relative density of the supporting soil. The ultimate lateral resistance has been assumed to be governed by the yield or ultimate moment resistance of the pile section or by the ultimate lateral resistance of the supporting soil. The ultimate lateral resistance is assumed to be equal to three times the passive Rankine earth pressure. The deflections and lateral resistance, as calculated by the proposed methods, have been compared with available test data. Satisfactory agreement was found.

Subject Headings: Load and resistance factor design | Displacement (mechanics) | Piles | Moment distribution | Lateral loads | Pile groups | Cohesionless soils | Load distribution

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