Manuscript title: Torsional installation and vertical tensile capacity of helical piles in clay

Shah Neyamat Ullah, Conleth O’Loughlin, Yuxia Hu, Lee Fook Hou

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Helical piles are being increasingly considered for offshore applications as they avoid the acoustic emissions associated with pile driving, and they provide additional capacity relative to a driven pile. In this paper, we consider the installation and tensile capacity of helical piles through a combination of centrifuge experiments and large deformation finite element analyses within a Coupled Eulerian Lagrangian framework. The experiments provide a basis for validating the numerical simulations, but also quantify the expected installation torque and undrained tensile capacity, including the variation with time after installation. The numerical simulations extend the parameter space investigated experimentally, considering the number of helices, their spacing and pitch, in addition to the ratio of pile shaft to helix diameter and the profile of undrained shear strength. Mechanisms revealed through the numerical simulations are reflected in a new analytical model for calculating undrained tensile capacity, which is seen to agree reasonably well with the numerically and experimentally determined capacities.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2023

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