Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

Base grouting is becoming more widely promoted in the drilled shaft industry as a means to improve shaft response to load. There are a limited number of full-scale field comparisons of test shafts which have been base grouted and adjacent test shafts which have not. This paper presents several case histories of full-scale static load test shafts as well as the results of the tests conducted on adjacent shafts with and without base grouting. The paper compares six pairs of adjacent grouted and ungrouted shafts on 5 separate projects in various parts of the United States. All tests were performed using the Osterberg cell (O-cell) test method. The comparisons yielded some intriguing results. In some cases the results matched theory quite well and showed some improvement to stiffness and overall capacity. In other cases this was not the case. Among other conclusions, the paper illustrates the need for further load testing and research to better understanding how drilled shaft capacity is affected by base grouting, particularly how the capacity is affected by technique, methods and quality control in various materials.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Base Grouting Case Studies Including Full Scale Comparative Load Testing

Chicago, Illinois

Base grouting is becoming more widely promoted in the drilled shaft industry as a means to improve shaft response to load. There are a limited number of full-scale field comparisons of test shafts which have been base grouted and adjacent test shafts which have not. This paper presents several case histories of full-scale static load test shafts as well as the results of the tests conducted on adjacent shafts with and without base grouting. The paper compares six pairs of adjacent grouted and ungrouted shafts on 5 separate projects in various parts of the United States. All tests were performed using the Osterberg cell (O-cell) test method. The comparisons yielded some intriguing results. In some cases the results matched theory quite well and showed some improvement to stiffness and overall capacity. In other cases this was not the case. Among other conclusions, the paper illustrates the need for further load testing and research to better understanding how drilled shaft capacity is affected by base grouting, particularly how the capacity is affected by technique, methods and quality control in various materials.