The problem of failure envelopes of pile groups subjected to vertical and eccentric load is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. A critical review of literature works on failure envelopes for pile groups under combined axial-moment loading is first provided. Emphasis is placed on a recent, exact solution derived from theorems of limit analysis by idealizing piles as uniaxial rigid-perfectly plastic elements. The application of the relevant equations over a practical range of problems needs only the axial capacities in compression and uplift of the isolated piles. An intense program of centrifuge experiments carried out along with different load paths on annular shaped pile groups aimed at validating the equations pertinent to the above solution is presented and discussed. The endpoints of the load paths followed in the centrifuge lie approximately above the analytical failure envelope, giving confidence that the reference equations can be reliably adopted to assess the capacity of a pile group under combined axial-moment loading. Finally, the kinematics of the collapse mechanism observed experimentally is compared to that determined from the application of the reference theory.

Failure envelopes of pile groups under combined axial-moment loading: Theoretical background and experimental evidence

de Sanctis L.
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Di Laora R.;Maiorano R. M. S.;Aversa S.
2021

Abstract

The problem of failure envelopes of pile groups subjected to vertical and eccentric load is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. A critical review of literature works on failure envelopes for pile groups under combined axial-moment loading is first provided. Emphasis is placed on a recent, exact solution derived from theorems of limit analysis by idealizing piles as uniaxial rigid-perfectly plastic elements. The application of the relevant equations over a practical range of problems needs only the axial capacities in compression and uplift of the isolated piles. An intense program of centrifuge experiments carried out along with different load paths on annular shaped pile groups aimed at validating the equations pertinent to the above solution is presented and discussed. The endpoints of the load paths followed in the centrifuge lie approximately above the analytical failure envelope, giving confidence that the reference equations can be reliably adopted to assess the capacity of a pile group under combined axial-moment loading. Finally, the kinematics of the collapse mechanism observed experimentally is compared to that determined from the application of the reference theory.
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