With pile installation being an important part of the total project cost, improving the efficiency of the offshore operations would require resolving the uncertainties in how different installation methods influence pile capacity. This paper describes a programme of testing involving static loading tests on eight 165 mm diameter open-ended steel tubes driven into medium dense siliceous sand at a well-characterized test site in Perth, Western Australia. Six piles were installed by impact driving under two different driving frequencies, and two piles were installed by vibration with the aim of identifying the effects of impact frequency on the response of driven piles to static axial and lateral loading. It was found that the tension capacity of piles measured 1 week after installation was not significantly dependent on the impact frequency and that these piles had approximately the same capacity as the piles installed by vibration. First time load tests performed 4 months after the initial tests indicated that all pile types had a similar set-up characteristic. Inspection of static tests on lateral behavior of vibrated and impact driven piles suggests that installation method has no impact on the lateral capacity.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2018|
|Event||ASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2018 - Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Centre, Madrid, Spain|
Duration: 17 Jun 2018 → 22 Jun 2018
|Conference||ASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2018|
|Abbreviated title||OMAE 2018|
|Period||17/06/18 → 22/06/18|