Interpreting Strain Measurements From Load Tests In Bored Piles

Hayes, Jack
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Pages: 7
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2002
Vibrating wire strain gages have proven to be a very reliable and effective tool for the measurement of strains associated with the loading of bored piles (drilled shafts). However, when these strains are used to calculate the load, or stresses in the pile, the results can sometimes be confusing and/or difficult to interpret. This paper describes some of these situations, using examples from actual case histories, and discusses some of the difficulties associated with residual load effects, curing and temperature induced strains, load stress distribution effects, estimated modulus and area.
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