Behavior of suction piles in sand

Magued G. Iskander, Roy E. Olson, Robert W. Pavlicek

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In the marine environment, use of suction pressure for the installation of sealed top piles (suction piles) is a promising alternative to driven pile foundations, particularly in deep water. Suction pressures may also be used for developing the axial tensile load capacity of suction piles. An experimental program involving installation and pullout of a model suction pile in sand is described. The effect of suction installation on the pullout capacity of piles is examined. Measurement of pore water pressures inside the pile indicate that liquefaction occurs during installation. Measurements of suction pressures during pullout tests indicate that substantial transient suction pressures are developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDesign and Performance of Deep Foundations
Subtitle of host publicationPiles and Piers in Soil and Soft Rock
EditorsPriscilla P. Nelson, Trevor D. Smith, Edward C. Clukey
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)0872629872
StatePublished - 1993
EventProceedings of the 1993 ASCE Annual Conference and Exposition - Dallas, TX, USA
Duration: Oct 24 1993Oct 28 1993

Publication series

NameDesign and Performance of Deep Foundations: Piles and Piers in Soil and Soft Rock


OtherProceedings of the 1993 ASCE Annual Conference and Exposition
CityDallas, TX, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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