Lateral Response of Piles

by William R. Spillers,
Robert D. Stoll,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1964, Vol. 90, Issue 6, Pg. 1-10

Document Type: Journal Paper


Response of a single pile to moment or lateral thrust is analyzed considering the surrounding soil to be an elastic-plastic continuum. The soil mass is considered to be elastic with progressive zones of yielding developing, depending on an arbitrary yield criterion. Curves for a typical example are presented showing pile loading and deflection versus depth, as well as load versus lateral deflection at the ground surface. A nonlinear load-deflection response is predicted that is similar in nature to observed field behavior.

Subject Headings: Elastic analysis | Lateral loads | Displacement (mechanics) | Piles | Soil analysis | Load factors | Thrust | Arbitration

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