Field Studies on the Axial Capacity of Small Diameter Piles and Ageing Effects in Sands

R Carroll, P Carotenuto, C Dano, I Salama, M Silva, Kenneth Gavin, R. J. Jardine

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Comprehensive series’ of field pull-out tests have been carried out on small diameter (48 to 60mm outside diameter (OD)) open-ended steel driven piles at Larvik in Norway, Dunkirk in France and Blessington in Ireland to investigate the processes that affect the ageing of axially loaded piles in sand. This paper reports new investigations of the sites’ geotechnical profiles and tension tests on corroded mild steel (MS) piles conducted up to 315 days after driving. The potential influences of: (i) pile diameter, (ii) ground water, (iii) steel type and (iv) installation method are assessed and comparisons made with the ageing responses established in earlier tension tests on larger diameter industrial scale steel driven pipe piles. Steel corrosion and bonding of soil particles are shown to be particularly important with the small diameter piles; the driving process is shown to be significant.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOffshore Site Investigation Geotechnics 8th International Conference Proceeding
Subtitle of host publicationSmarter Solutions for Future Off shore Developments
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event8th Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics International Conference: Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments - The historic Royal Geographical Society, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sep 201714 Sep 2017
Conference number: 8


Conference8th Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics International Conference
Abbreviated titleOSIG 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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