Load Settlement Prediction for Piles and Piers

by Harry G. Poulos, Reader in Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Sydney, Sydney, Australia,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 9, Pg. 879-897

Document Type: Journal Paper

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A simple method is presented for the prediction of load-settlement behavior to failure of single piles and piers. The results of theoretical elastic analysis of pile settlement behavior are used as a basis for the method, which assumes linear relationships to failure between base load and settlement. An analysis is made of several published and load tests on piles in clay and sand and empirical values of soil modulus are suggested. Comparisons between observed and predicted load-settlement behavior show reasonable agreement.

Subject Headings: Pile settlement | Load tests | Load factors | Piers | Soil modulus | Failure loads | Soil analysis | Failure analysis | Linear analysis | Elastic analysis

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