Behavior of Laterally Loaded Piles: III—Socketed Piles

by Harry G. Poulos, Sr. Lect. in Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Sydney, Sydney, Australia,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 4, Pg. 341-360

Document Type: Journal Paper


An analysis is made of the working-load behavior of a single laterally loaded pile, the tip of which is socketed into rock underlying the soil layer, for various combinations of boundary conditions at the head and top of the pile. It is shown that the displacement, rotation and moment in the pile are largely unaffected by socketing the tip unless the pile is relatively stiff. The effects of varying soil modulus, soil yield and pile-soil separation on pile movement are also examined. A method is suggested for evaluating the effectiveness of a given embedded depth of tip in providing fixity against rotation of the tip.

Subject Headings: Lateral loads | Piles | Soil modulus | Load factors | Soil analysis | Soil properties | Rotation | Load combinations

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