Design And Installation Of Pressure-Grouted, Drilled Displacement Piles

Nesmith, Willie M.
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Pages: 7
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2002
The use of drilled (screwed) displacement piles is an emerging sector of the United States deep foundation industry. During installation of these systems, a Ko to Kp environment is created in the materials surrounding the pile immediately prior to casting, and this condition results in increased shaft and toe resistance in soils where displacement leads to densification. Current continuous flight auger and drilled shaft design methodologies in the United States assume a Ko to Ka condition in the vicinity of the pile, and are thus an inappropriate starting point for static capacity analysis of drilled displacement piles. This paper examines constructability issues, and the sensitivity of performance to installation, and offers an empirical design methodology for drilled displacement piles. The proposed design process has been based on evaluation of 40 load tests, primarily in granular materials, and in a variety of geologic settings, and includes modification for soil types within the coarse-grained range.
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