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Design of laterally loaded piles in clays based on cone penetration test data: a reliability-based approach

Haldar, S and Babu, G L Sivakumar (2009) Design of laterally loaded piles in clays based on cone penetration test data: a reliability-based approach. In: Geotechnique, 59 (7). pp. 593-607.

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Abstract

The behaviour of laterally loaded piles is considerably influenced by the uncertainties in soil properties. Hence probabilistic models for assessment of allowable lateral load are necessary. Cone penetration test (CPT) data are often used to determine soil strength parameters, whereby the allowable lateral load of the pile is computed. In the present study, the maximum lateral displacement and moment of the pile are obtained based on the coefficient of subgrade reaction approach, considering the nonlinear soil behaviour in undrained clay. The coefficient of subgrade reaction is related to the undrained shear strength of soil, which can be obtained from CPT data. The soil medium is modelled as a one-dimensional random field along the depth, and it is described by the standard deviation and scale of fluctuation of the undrained shear strength of soil. Inherent soil variability, measurement uncertainty and transformation uncertainty are taken into consideration. The statistics of maximum lateral deflection and moment are obtained using the first-order, second-moment technique. Hasofer-Lind reliability indices for component and system failure criteria, based on the allowable lateral displacement and moment capacity of the pile section, are evaluated. The geotechnical database from the Konaseema site in India is used as a case example. It is shown that the reliability-based design approach for pile foundations, considering the spatial variability of soil, permits a rational choice of allowable lateral loads.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Thomas Telford.
Keywords: clays;design;in situ testing;piles;statistical analysis.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2009 06:19
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:45
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/23277

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