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Influence of geometry on the bearing capacity of sheet piled foundations

Panchal, J. P., McNamara, A. M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3452-0800 and Goodey, R.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9166-8393 (2018). Influence of geometry on the bearing capacity of sheet piled foundations. In: McNamara, A. M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3452-0800, Divall, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-9212-5115, Goodey, R.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-9166-8393, Taylor, N, Stallebrass, S. E. ORCID: 0000-0002-3747-9524 and Panchal, J. P. (Eds.), Physical Modelling in Geotechnics: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG 2018), July 17-20, 2018, London, United Kingdom. (pp. 1395-1400). Boca Raton: CRC Press/Balkema. ISBN 9781138344228

Abstract

Bored concrete piles are commonly used to support moderate loads from buildings in urban areas. At the end of their 25-30 year lifespan these structures are decommissioned but their foundations are left in place. These cannot be inspected hence the bearing capacity cannot be accurately verified. A hybrid foun- dation comprising sheet piles and a pilecap to mobilise shaft friction and end bearing was demonstrated to be a feasible and sustainable alternative to cast in-situ concrete piles. This research investigated the influence of sheet pile geometry on ultimate bearing capacity. A centrifuge test at 50 g was performed in over- consolidated clay where a square hybrid sheet pile group was ax ially loaded and vertical settlements recorded. Results indicated a square sheet pile group offers 70% greater capacity than a circular sheet pile group of similar surface area and 24% improved performance over the solid p ile loaded in the same test. Analysis of results suggested that the ultimate bearing capacity of the square sheet pile group compared with a solid pile of equivalent base area were within 0.2%, emphasising the importance of shape on capacity and the feasibility of the hybrid system as a viable foundation solution.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Physical Modelling in Geotechnics: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG 2018), July 17-20, 2018, London, United Kingdom on 12 July 2018, available online: https://www.crcpress.com/Physical-Modelling-in-Geotechnics-Proceedings-of-the-9th-International/McNamara-Divall-Goodey-Taylor-Stallebrass-Panchal/p/book/9781138559752
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Civil Engineering
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/20299
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