Full-Scale Tests on Ground Anchors in Fine Sand

by Allen G. Davis, Head; Div. of Soil Mechanics and Highway Pavements, Centre Experimental de Recherches et d'Etudes du Batiment, Paris, CEDEX 15, France,
Claude Plumelle, Research Engr.; Centre Experimental de Recherches et d'Etudes du Batiment, Paris, France,


Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 3, Pg. 335-353


Document Type: Journal Paper

Discussion: Ozaydin I. Kutay (See full record)

Abstract: A series of ground anchors of varying lengths were installed in a medium dense sand, with a veiw to study as many as possible of the variables influencing anchor behaviour and load transfer. The anchor tie-bars, bulbs and the surrounding sand were instrumented using strain gauges, load cells and marker bands. Critical anchor loads as defined by the French National Code of Practice increased linearly with anchor bulb length. A model for load transfer from the bulb to the ground is proposed.

Subject Headings: Anchors | Load transfer | Sandy soils | Soil stress | Strain gages

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