Probabilistic Development Of Load And Resistance Factor Design For Driven Pipe Piles In Sands: Lessons Learned
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Jan 1, 2008
Use of load and resistance factor design (LRFD) of foundations is growing, from offshore applications to bridge applications and beyond. The development of load and resistance factors for design has traditionally relied on calibration to traditional factors of safety. This technique, however, offers little insight into the challenges of pile design. This paper discusses an approach to LRFD factor development that seeks to isolate the various sources of design uncertainty. Using this approach, reliability analysis is used to develop resistance factors for the design of driven pipe piles in sand. These findings shed light on many aspects of the ongoing discussion of how LRFD can be successfully applied to pile design.