A study of plane strain pile jacking and driving in granular media

Filippo Boccalini, Zhibo Chen, Mehdi Omidvar, Magued Iskander

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A series of pile jacking and driving tests in a plane strain calibration chamber is presented in this paper. The calibration chamber was made of transparent acrylic that allows visualization of the pile installation process. High resolution images were taken while the pile was jacked into confined granular media. Parallel tests were performed in which a drop weight was employed to drive the pile into place. The two installation methods were compared in terms of soil response in the near field. Digital Image Correlation (DIC, aka. PIV) was employed to construct the incremental displacement field during penetration. Test results were used to gain insight into the nature and magnitude of spatial distribution of displacements in the vicinity of a pile as a result of jacking and driving. Evaluation of the displacement fields revealed that jacking results in lower lateral displacements compared to driving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIFCEE 2015 - Proceedings of the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015
EditorsJ. Brian Anderson, Magued Iskander, Muhannad T. Suleiman, Debra F. Laefer
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479087
StatePublished - 2015
EventInternational Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015, IFCEE 2015 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Mar 17 2015Mar 21 2015

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
VolumeGSP 256
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherInternational Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo 2015, IFCEE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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