Parameters controlling the capacity of axially loaded drilled shaft foundations in sand, gravel, and cobbles

Abdalla M. Harraz, William N. Houston, Sandra Houston, Kenneth D. Walsh

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Abstract

Drilled shafts have become the preferred deep foundation element in many arid environments where coarse material is prevalent, including the southwest USA, because soil conditions are usually unfavorable to driven piles, scour depths on the ephemeral river channels are quite large, and there is increased confidence in the bearing layer afforded by the drilled shaft construction process. Finite element analyses were performed on two case history studies of axially loaded concrete drilled shafts founded in sand, gravel, and cobbles soils (SGC). A parametric study was conducted to determine the most important soil parameters controlling the axial capacity of drilled shafts. The soil parameters used in this study are: soil angle of internal friction, soil dilation, soil modulus, initial coefficient of lateral earth pressure at rest, and angle of internal friction between soil and shaft. The axial bearing capacity and skin friction load were determined in each case. It was found that the soil angle of internal friction, soil dilation, coefficient of friction between soil and shaft, and soil modulus, E, are the most important parameters controlling the behavior of axial loaded drilled shaft in SGC soils. The ratio between horizontal stresses and vertical stresses at failure is completely different from the coefficient of lateral earth pressure at rest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationGeotechnology in Harmony with the Global Environment
Pages1987-1991
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event16th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnology in Harmony with the Global Environment, ICSMGE 2005 - Osaka, Japan
Duration: Sep 12 2005Sep 16 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 16th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnology in Harmony with the Global Environment
Volume4

Other

Other16th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnology in Harmony with the Global Environment, ICSMGE 2005
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period9/12/059/16/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Harraz, A. M., Houston, W. N., Houston, S., & Walsh, K. D. (2005). Parameters controlling the capacity of axially loaded drilled shaft foundations in sand, gravel, and cobbles. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnology in Harmony with the Global Environment (pp. 1987-1991). (Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering: Geotechnology in Harmony with the Global Environment; Vol. 4).