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Rica, Shilton UL; Van Baars, Stefan UL; Jung, Stefan

in Proceedings of Pile 2017 (2017, September)

Five pile tests have been performed, at the west coast of Mexico, in order to evaluate their pile bearing capacity. The Kentledge system (a test pile loaded in between two tension piles) has been used to ... [more ▼]

Five pile tests have been performed, at the west coast of Mexico, in order to evaluate their pile bearing capacity. The Kentledge system (a test pile loaded in between two tension piles) has been used to execute the pile tests. The soil stratigraphy has been surveyed with standard penetration tests, cone penetration tests and borings, and consists of a ten to twelve meter soft clayey soil on top of a hard clay layer. Three identical pile tests have been performed on bored piles with a pile diameter of 0.6 m and a pile length of 30 m. In addition, two identical pile tests have been performed on driven piles with a squared cross section of 0.5 m × 0.5 m and a pile length of about 21 m. The aims of these tests were, first to evaluate the pile bearing capacity for both the bored and the driven pile types, in order to decide which pile type will be used finally, for the foundation of a factory; and second, to study the influence of the pile installation process on the pile bearing capacity of both pile types. During the testing of the bored piles, load measurements in different sections of the pile suggested that almost all bearing capacity came from the pile section in the upper soft clay layer. Since it is impossible to have such a relative large friction along the pile shaft in the soft soil, and because far more concrete was used for making the pile than expected, it had to be concluded that the liquid concrete has widened the pile diameter just above the hard soil layer, leading to a bulking effect in the pile. Therefore, the pile was leaning on this hard soil layer. For the driven test piles, the measurements showed a normal behaviour of both the pile shaft friction and the pile tip bearing capacity. [less ▲]

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