Pile Foundations (Fig. 1) are required when-
- Top layers of soil are highly compressible for it to support structural loads through shallow foundations.
- Rock level is shallow enough for end bearing pile foundations provide a more economical design.
- Lateral forces are relatively prominent.
- In presence of expansive and collapsible soils at the site.
- Offshore structures
- Strong uplift forces on shallow foundations due to shallow water table can be partly transmitted to Piles.
- For structures near flowing water (Bridge abutments, etc.) to avoid the problems due to erosion.
Types of Piles:
- Pipe piles
- Rolled steel H-section piles
- H section
- Pre-cast Piles
- Cast-in-situ Piles
- Bored-in-situ piles
Timber Piles: Composite Piles
Steel Piles: Facts:
- Usual length: 15 m – 60 m
- Usual Load: 300 kN – 1200 kN
- Relatively less hassle during installation and easy to achieve cutoff level.
- High driving force may be used for fast installation
- Good to penetrate hard strata
- Load carrying capacity is high
- Relatively expensive
- Noise pollution during installation
- Bend in piles while driving
Concrete Piles: Facts:
- Pre-cast Piles: Usual length: 10 m – 45 m; Usual Load: 7500 kN – 8500 kN
- Cast-in-situ Piles: Usual length: 5 m – 15 m; Usual Load: 200 kN – 500 kN
- Relatively cheap
- It can be easily combined with concrete superstructure
- Corrosion resistant
- It can bear hard driving
- Difficult to transport
- Difficult to achieve desired cutoff
Types of Piles Based on Their Function and Effect of Installation:
Piles based on their function-
- End Bearing Piles
- Friction Piles
- Compaction Piles
- Anchor Piles
- Uplift Piles
Effect of Installation-
- Displacement Piles
- Non-displacement Piles
In loose cohesionless soils
- Densifies the soil upto a distance of 3.5 times the pile diameter (3.5D) which increases the soil’s resistance to shearing
- The friction angle varies from the pile surface to the limit of compacted soil
In dense cohesionless soils
- The dilatancy effect decreases the friction angle within the zone of influence of displacement pile (3.5D approx.)
- Displacement piles are not effective in dense sands due to above reason.
In cohesive soils
- Soil is remolded near the displacement piles (2.0 D approx.) leading to a decreased value of shearing resistance.
- Pore pressure is generated during installation causing lower effective stress and consequently lower shearing resistance.
- Excess pore-pressure dissipates over the time and soil regains its strength.
- Example: Driven concrete piles, Timber or Steel piles
- Due to no displacement during installation, there is no heave in the ground
- Cast in-situ piles may be cased or uncased (by removing casing as concreting progresses). They may be provided with reinforcement if economical with their reduced diameter
- Enlarged bottom ends (three times pile diameter) may be provided in cohesive soils leading to much larger point bearing capacity.
- Soil on the sides may soften due to contact with wet concrete or during boring itself. This may lead to loss of its shear strength.
- Concreting under water may be challenging and may resulting in waisting or necking of concrete in squeezing ground.
- Example: Bored cast in-situ or pre-cast piles
Load Transfer Mechanism of Piles (Fig. 2):
With the increasing load on a pile initially the resistance is offered by side friction and when the side resistance is fully mobilized to the shear strength of soil, the rest of load is supported by pile end. At certain load the soil at the pile end fails, usually in punching shear, which is defined as the ultimate load capacity of pile.
Bearing Capacity of Pile:
Bearing capacity of pile for both driven & bored is combination of friction part around the shaft of pile through its length and point bearing part at tip of pile
Qu (Ultimate Bearing Capacity of Pile)= Qp (Point Bearing) + Qs (Shaft Resistance)
For Driven Pile Bearing Capacity Calculation Two Methods are there
- Static method
- Dynamic method
Allowable Pile Capacity (Fig. 3):
Factor of Safety shall be used by giving due consideration to the following points
- Reliability of soil parameters used for calculation
- Mode of transfer of load to soil
- Importance of structure
- Allowable total and differential settlement tolerated by structure
GROUP CAPACITY OF PILE:
The bearing capacity of pile group may be determined from
- Bearing capacity of the individual pile multiplied by the no of piles in the group
- The all pile behaves as a group of pile where individual behavior is not predominant
The capacity shall be minimum of the above cases.
If the pile is founded on rock or in a progressively stiffer soil the pile group capacity shall be based on (1).
If the pile is deriving their support mainly from friction, the group may be visualized to transmit to the soil, as if from a column of soil enclosed by the piles. The ultimate capacity of the group may be computed following this concept, taking into account the frictional capacity along the perimeter of the column of soil as above and the end bearing of the said column using the accepted principal of the soil mechanics.
Load Test on Pile:
There are three types of test
- Vertical Compression
- Lateral load test
- Pull out test
Vertical Compression Load Test:
Here compression load is applied at the pile top by hydraulic jack against rolled steel joist or suitable load frame and the settlement is recorded.
There are there of vertical load test methods which are 1) Maintained load method, 2) Cyclic method, 3) CRP method
Lateral Load Test:
The test may be carried out by introducing a hydraulic jack with gauge between two piles or pile groups under test or the reaction may suitably obtained otherwise. The jack provides the load against the lateral resistance between the piles. The displacement is measured at cut off level
Pull Out Test:
Uplift force may be applied by means of hydraulic jack with gauge using a suitable pull out set up. The pile should have adequate longitudinal reinforcement to take pull out load.
Design of Pile:
In Fig. 1 a Pile Foundation has been shown. The X axis and Z axis coincides with the CG of pile group.
The pile foundation is subjected to Vertical Compression Load (P), Horizontal Load HX, HZ in X & Z direction respectively and Moments MX & MZ about X & Z direction only.
So Maximum Vertical Load on Pile,
Load on Pile 1, V1= P/no of pile + Mx * r z1 / ∑rz2 + Mz * r x1 / ∑rx2
Find the maximum vertical Load on extreme corner pile and check it with pile capacity
where ∑rz2 = summation of rz2 of each pile
where ∑rx2 = summation of rx2 of each pile
Horizontal load on each Pile, H = √ (HX 2 + HZ2) / No of Pile
So deflection at pile head,
Δ = H (L1 + Lf)3 / 3EI for Free head pile
Δ = H (L1 + Lf)3 / 12EI for Fixed head pile
If the deflection is within 5 mm or H is less than the The lateral pile capacity then it is ok otherwise increase the no of piles,
Now find the fixed end moment,
Mf = m H (L1 + lf) for Free Head Pile
Mf = m H (L1 + lf)/2 for Fixed Head Pile Where m is reduction factor,
Now we have vertical load on Pile , V1 and fixed end moment Mf. Design of pile as column has to be done on the basis of these forces keeping in mind that the minimum longitudinal reinforcement shall be 0.4 % and maximum 2%. The link shall not be spaced more than 250mm c/c.
Minimum reinforcement shall be provided for the pile length below the fixity level.