In this paper, a simple but feasible approach is proposed to predict the time-dependent load carrying behaviors of jacked piles from CPTu measurements. The corrected cone resistance, which considers the unequal area of the cone rod and the cone, is used to determine the soil parameters used in the proposed approach. The pile installation effects on the changes in the stress state of the surrounding soil are assessed by an analytical solution to undrained expansion of a cylindrical cavity in K0-consolidated anisotropic clayey soil. Considering the similarity and scale effects between the piezocone and the pile, the CPTu measurements are properly incorporated in the shaft and end resistance factors as well as in the load-transfer curves to predict the time-dependent load carrying behaviors of the pile. Centrifuge model tests are conducted and the measured load carrying behaviors of the model piles are compared with the predictions to validate the proposed approach. The proposed approach not only greatly saves the time of conducting time-consuming pile load tests, but also effectively avoids solving the complex partial differential equations involved in the consolidation analysis, and hence is feasible enough to determine the time-dependent load carrying behaviors of jacked piles in clay.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering


National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant 41772290

Keywords and Phrases

Centrifuge model test; Corrected cone resistance; CPTu measurements; Load carrying behaviours; Time-dependent

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1861-1133; 1861-1125

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Jul 2020