3-D Finite Element Modelling of Pile Groups Adjacent to Surcharge Loads

M. F. Bransby, S. M. Springman

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The short-term behaviour of pile groups subjected to lateral pressures by deformation of a clay layer under an adjacent surcharge load was studied using three dimensional finite element analysis. The main aim of the analysis was to investigate the pile-clay interaction behaviour. A load-path-dependent, non-linear constitutive model was used to describe the clay, which required knowledge of in situ stresses and recent strain history. Numerical results compared well with those from a centrifuge model test. The effects of the different in situ stresses and strains likely in prototypes and centrifuge model tests were also studied with particular interest in the load-transfer relationships and soil deformation behaviour around the piles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-324
Number of pages24
JournalComputers and Geotechnics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


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