Axial pile forces in piled embankments, field measurements

S. J.M. Van Eekelen*, A. Bezuijen, A. F. Van Tol

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Several measurements were carried out in a basal reinforced piled embankment in the Netherlands. The present paper focuses on the influence of truck passages on the axial forces in the piles. The changes in axial forces in the piles were measured using two systems: (1) optic fibres attached to a square steel tube pile, measuring pile strains at ten positions along the pile length and (2) the total pressure on the pile cap with total pressure cells. Additionally, the axle loads of passing trucks and the load on the subsoil between the piles were measured. The measured changes in pile strains show that most truck load is transported to the subsoil by friction along the pile shafts. Comparison between measurements and calculations show that the truck wheel loads are spread stronger than assumed by Boussinesq.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopment
EditorsM.G. Winter, D.M. Smith, P.J.L. Eldred, D.G. Toll
PublisherICE Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780727760678
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Sep 201517 Sep 2015
Conference number: 16


Conference16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Abbreviated titleECSMGE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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