High-Strain Kinetic Testing of Deep Foundations

by Alain E. Holeyman, Earth Spectives, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


High-strain kinetic testing involves the upward decelerating or accelerating of a mass and using its inertial force to axial prolonged pulse at the head of a pile. Currently available high-strain kinetic loading methods are reviewed. Present difficulties and limitations associated with the interpretation of kinetic testing of piles based on recorded force and movement at the pile head are discussed. Insight into the merits and limitations of high-strain kinetic testing of piles can be gained from applying existing soil models to simulate test results obtained from a case history.

Subject Headings: Strain | Kinetics | Deep foundations | Soil tests | Pile tests | Load tests | Case studies | Load factors

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