Testing and Predicting the Movement of a Drilled Shaft in New Mexico

by Koon Meng Chua, (M.ASCE), Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,
Wimpie A.N. Aspar, (S.M.ASCE), Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,
Robert Meyers, (M.ASCE), Univ of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments


The New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department (NMSH&TD) have been using drilled shafts for supporting bridges in the State of New Mexico. Several drilled shafts were tested as part of the research program with the University of New Mexico. This paper describes one particular test on the I-40 bridge site across the Rio Grande, west of Albuquerque. The movement and loading in the test shaft under compression and tension were monitored. The results of the field test and the finite element simulations of the compression and the pullout tests are discussed.

Subject Headings: Bridge tests | Load tests | Compression tests | Finite element method | Shafts | Drilled shafts | Bridge components | New Mexico | United States | Rio Grande | Mexico

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