Analysis of soil resistance on laterally loaded piles based on 3D soil-pile interaction

Youngho Kim, Sangseom Jeong

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The load distribution and deflection of large diameter piles are investigated by lateral load transfer method (p-y curve). Special attention is given to the soil continuity and soil resistance using three-dimensional finite element analysis. A framework for determining a p-y curve is calculated based on the surrounding soil stress. The appropriate parametric studies needed for verifying the p-y characteristic are presented in this paper. Through comparisons with results of field load tests, the three-dimensional numerical methodology in the present study is in good agreement with the general trend observed by in situ measurements and thus, represents a realistic soil-pile interaction for laterally loaded piles in clay than that of existing p-y method. It can be said that a rigorous numerical analysis can overcome the limitations of existing p-y methods to some extent by considering the effect of realistic three-dimensional combination of pile-soil forces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-257
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Geotechnics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the grant (10CCTI-A052531-03-000000) from the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime of Korean government through the Core Research Institute.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Computer Science Applications


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