Skin Friction for Steel Piles in Sand

by Harry M. Coyle,
Ibrahim H. Sulaiman,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 6, Pg. 261-278

Document Type: Journal Paper


A relationship is presented between skin friction and soil shear strength as a function of pile movement for steel piles in sand. Consideration is given to the effect of void ratio, saturation, depth or lateral pressure, and movement. The results of a study of a field test on instrumented piles and laboratory tests on a small pile in saturated sand are used to obtain the desired relationship. The relationship is presented in the form of a curve which is obtained when the ratio of skin friction to soil shear strength is plotted versus pile movement. The developed curve is used to compute a theoretical load-settlement curve which, in turn, is compared with an actual field load-settlement curve.

Subject Headings: Steel piles | Soil strength | Shear strength | Pile tests | Curvature | Laboratory tests | Sandy soils | Skin friction

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