Soil Damping In Saturated Sandy Soils For Determining Capacity Of Piles By Wave Equation Analysis

Svinkin, Mark R.
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Pages: 19
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1995
This paper deals with application of the wave equation analysis to determine capacities of piles driven in saturated sandy soils. It shows that pile capacity in sandy soils changes with time after the completion of pile driving and depends on the ground water elevation. In saturated sandy soils the setup coefficient ranges between upper and lower curves represented by power functions. For a reliable prediction of pile capacity wave equation input should be adjusted with soil damping. Back calculation of soil damping from known pile capacity performed for five tested piles shows that skin damping coefficient changes with time in the same manner as the pile capacity and can be represented by the power functions for considered damping models.
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