Analysis of compressible axially loaded piles in rock

J. K. Kodikara, I. W. Johnston

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Analytical solutions are developed for the prediction of the load–settlement response of a compressible axially loaded cast in situ pile in rock. The principal input parameters are derived from the τ–z curve which applies to the contact zone between the pile shaft and the embedment material. For larger diameter piles in rock, these τ–z curves can differ markedly from curves that apply to piles in clay and may include a significant strain hardening region prior to reaching peak strength. In addition to the complete analyses which would normally require the use of a computer, simplified solutions suitable for hand calculations have been derived for the peak load and the pile head displacement to peak. An example of the application of these simplified design calculations is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-437
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

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