Pile end-bearing capacity of sand related to soil compressibility

Noriyuki Yasufuku, Hidetoshi Ochiai, Shiro Ohno

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A simple method based on theoretical and experimental considerations is presented to predict the pile end bearing capacity and load-settlement curve in sands in relation to soil compressibility. The key to the method is in the assumption of a failure mode with a spherical cavity expansion pressure given as a function of the soil compressibility, shear stiffness and friction angle. The practical prediction of pile end-bearing capacity in sandy ground is discussed in terms of a compressibility factor, friction angle and shear stiffness. Further, the pile tip settlement behaviour is also discussed based on an empirical model incorporating the pile end bearing capacity from a cavity expansion analysis with a Kondner type hyperbolic function. The applicability of the proposed method is verified by comparing the predicted results with the results from a series of model pile load tests and a database for in-situ pile load tests in sands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-71
Number of pages13
JournalSoils and Foundations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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