Lateral Load Tests of Piles in Sloping Rock Fill

by Gerald M. Diaz, Harding Lawson Associates, Tustin, CA, USA,
Bartlett W. Patton, Harding Lawson Associates, Tustin, CA, USA,
George L. Armstrong, Harding Lawson Associates, Tustin, CA, USA,
Mohammad Joolazadeh, Harding Lawson Associates, Tustin, CA, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Analysis and Design of Pile Foundations

Abstract: A new container wharf constructed at the Port of Los Angeles features vertical prestressed concrete piles to provide both vertical and lateral support. A rockfill embankment used to allow a steeper under-wharf slope and a reduced wharf width resulted in the piles being embedded in the rockfill slope. Lateral load tests were performed on two production piles to evaluate the lateral load performance. Back-calculated p-y curves are compared to p-y curves calculated for cohesionless soils with a level surface.

Subject Headings: Lateral loads | Load tests | Rock fills | Pile tests | Slopes | Cohesionless soils | Concrete piles | Load factors | Ports and harbors | Soil-pile interaction | Soil-structure interaction | California | North America | Los Angeles | United States

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