Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

To investigate inertial and kinematic effects on stress distributions within a pile group, physical model tests were conducted at EDefense, one of the largest shaking table facilities in the world. A 3x3 steel pile group supporting a foundation with a superstructure was set in a dry sand deposit prepared in a cylindrical laminar box with a height of 6.5 m and a diameter of 8.0 m. Natural periods of superstructures were variable in the tests. The tests were conducted under one-, two- or three-dimensional shaking. The test results have shown that pile stresses were mainly controlled by the inertial force when the natural period of superstructure was shorter than or close to that of the ground. In this case, the pile group effects were remarkable, in which pile stresses were the largest in the leading pile and the smallest in the following pile. In contrast, the pile stresses were mainly controlled by the ground displacement when the natural period of superstructure was longer than that of the ground. In this case, the pile group effects were insignificant in such a way that the pile stresses were almost the same within the pile group.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Effects of Soil-Structure Interaction on Stress Distribution within a Pile Group under Multi-Dimensional Loading

San Diego, California

To investigate inertial and kinematic effects on stress distributions within a pile group, physical model tests were conducted at EDefense, one of the largest shaking table facilities in the world. A 3x3 steel pile group supporting a foundation with a superstructure was set in a dry sand deposit prepared in a cylindrical laminar box with a height of 6.5 m and a diameter of 8.0 m. Natural periods of superstructures were variable in the tests. The tests were conducted under one-, two- or three-dimensional shaking. The test results have shown that pile stresses were mainly controlled by the inertial force when the natural period of superstructure was shorter than or close to that of the ground. In this case, the pile group effects were remarkable, in which pile stresses were the largest in the leading pile and the smallest in the following pile. In contrast, the pile stresses were mainly controlled by the ground displacement when the natural period of superstructure was longer than that of the ground. In this case, the pile group effects were insignificant in such a way that the pile stresses were almost the same within the pile group.