The Behavior And Design Of Piled-Raft Foundations Under Lateral Loading

Borel, Serge
Organization: Deep Foundations Institute
Pages: 7
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2002
An efficient design method is proposed for "piled-footing" and "piled-raft" foundation under lateral loads. It combines the methods used for the displacement design of shallow and deep foundations and takes into account the interactions between the piles and the cap or raft. This method has been applied to previous full-scale tests carried out in the United States. Two groups of six instrumented driven piles were laterally loaded several times: first with the concrete pile cap in direct contact with the soil, and then, after a thin layer of soil had been removed beneath the cap. The proposed method models well the real behavior of piled-raft foundations. It highlights the positive effect of the cap in contact with the soil, which reduces significantly the displacements and the maximum pile bending moments. These are divided by two for the analyzed case histories.
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