Nonlinear analysis of torsionally loaded piles in a two-layer soil profile

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Abstract

This paper presents a method for predicting the nonlinear response of torsionally loaded piles in a two-layer soil profile, such as a clay or sand layer underlain by rock. The shear modulus of the upper soil is assumed to vary linearly with depth and the shear modulus of the lower soil is assumed to vary linearly with depth and then stay constant below the pile tip. The method uses the variational principle to derive the governing differential equations of a pile in a two-layer continuum and the elastic response of the pile is then determined by solving the derived differential equations. To consider the effect of soil yielding on the behavior of piles, the soil is assumed to behave linearly elastically at small strain levels and yield when the shear stress on the pile-soil interface exceeds the corresponding maximum shear resistance. To determine the maximum pile-soil interface shear resistance, methods that are available in the literature can be used. The proposed method is verified by comparing its results with existing elastic solutions and published small-scale model pile test results. Finally, the proposed method is used to analyze two full-scale field test piles and the predictions are in reasonable agreement with the measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number002002QGM
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Geomechanics
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Layered soils
  • Maximum shear resistance
  • Nonlinear analysis
  • Piles
  • Torsional loading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science

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