The Pressuremeter for Foundations: French Experience

by Francois J. Baguelin, Cent de Nantes, Bouguenais, France,
Michel G. Bustamante, Cent de Nantes, Bouguenais, France,
Roger A. Frank, Cent de Nantes, Bouguenais, France,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Use of In Situ Tests in Geotechnical Engineering


The paper presents historical information on the development of the pressuremeter and its application in the Laboratories Central des Ponts el Chaussees (LCPC). The continuous research effort of the LCPC has also resulted in a better understanding of the test, in a better evaluation of its capabilities and of its limits, and in an improvement of the design rules. Major improvements have occurred in the design of pile foundations; their presentation will form the core of this paper.

Subject Headings: Foundations | Foundation design | Pile foundations | Material tests | Pile tests | Soil pressure | Soil tests | Equipment and machinery | Delaware | United States | France | Europe

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