Observations on Load Tests for Drilled Shafts

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by T. D. O'Rourke, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY, USA,
Fred H. Kulhawy, Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Drilled Piers and Caissons II

Abstract: This paper focuses on three specific areas pertaining to load tests for drilled shafts: 1) basic considerations and load testing procedures, 2) interpretation of uplift load test information, and 3) construction influences on foundation performance. The paper covers both compression and uplift load tests, with special attention to uplift. Field test data are used to compare different methods of interpretation and show the effects of construction procedure on test results.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Load factors | Uplifting behavior | Shafts | Field tests | Soil tests | Drilled shafts | Information management |

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