Comparative Performance of Two Pile Types

by Vinod K. Duggal, M.W. Kellogg Co, United States,
Joseph Bohinsky, M.W. Kellogg Co, United States,
Chiang P. Chu, M.W. Kellogg Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


This paper reports on the pile driving and load bearing characteristics of the two pile types driven at a plant site in Sumatra, Indonesia. Nine prestressed concrete piles were driven and load tested in December 1983 to verify the computed pile capacities, to develop pile driving criteria and to assess the field problems related to the pile driving operation. It was verified, as anticipated, that mandrel driven piles were easier and much faster to drive compared with prestressed concrete piles. Calculated capacities of mandrel driven piles were about 10 to 20 percent lower than the actual capacities shown by the load tests.

Subject Headings: Concrete piles | Driven piles | Pile driving | Pile tests | Load bearing capacity | Load tests | Pile foundations | Comparative studies | Indonesia | Asia

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