American Society of Civil Engineers

Effect of Soil Permeability on Centrifuge Modeling of Pile Response to Lateral Spreading

by Lenart González, S.M.ASCE, (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY), Tarek Abdoun, A.M.ASCE, (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY), and Ricardo Dobry, M.ASCE, (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY)

pp. 50-60, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Seismic Performance and Simulation of Pile Foundations in Liquefied and Laterally Spreading Ground
Abstract: Liquefaction-induced lateral spreading continues to be a major cause of damage to deep foundations. Currently there is a huge uncertainty associated with the maximum lateral pressures and forces applied by the liquefied soil to deep foundations. Furthermore, recent centrifuge and 1g shaking table tests of pile foundations indicate that the permeability of the liquefied sand is an extremely important and poorly understood factor. This article presents experimental results and analysis of one of the centrifuge tests that were conducted at the 150 g-ton RPI centrifuge to investigate the effect of soil permeability in the response of single piles and pile groups to lateral spreading.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Centrifuge models
Deep foundations
Lateral loads
Soil liquefaction
Soil permeability