Investigation of pullout load capacity for helical anchors subjected to inclined loading conditions using coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian analyses

Ochang Kwon, Jiyeong Lee, Garam Kim, Incheol Kim, Junhwan Lee

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The pullout load carrying behavior of helical anchors for inclined loading conditions was investigated based on the coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian (CEL) analyses. Various types of helical anchors, specified as Types 1 to 6, were adopted in the analyses. Types 1, 2 and 3 represent those with one, two, and three equal-diameter helical plates and Type 4 was a helical anchor type with two helical plates of different diameters. Types 5 and 6 were both with three helical plates of different diameters in opposite diameter configurations. Inclined loading conditions affected the pullout capacity (Q u ) of helical anchors producing lower Q u with increasing load inclination. The patterns of the Q u decrease with increasing load inclination were similar for all helical anchor types considered in this study. The values of Q u were approximately similar up to θ = 60° and then decreased continually with furthering increasing θ. Q u was lowest at θ = 90°. The top-down increasing diameter configuration of helical plates was more efficient than the bottom-up increasing diameter configuration. A normalized load capacity relationship was proposed, which can be used to evaluate Q u for inclined loading conditions. The pullout behavior of helical anchors was governed by helical plates with marked effects of helical plate configuration, which was however less pronounced with increasing θ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Geotechnics
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) and the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy ( MOTIE ), with grants funded by the government of Korea ( 2016R1D1A1A09919098 and 20174030201480 ).

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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Computer Science Applications


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