Publication Abstract

Proceedings of the Deep Mixing 2015 Conference, (DFI)

Simplified Model for Increased Lateral Resistance of Deep Foundations Using Soil Mixing
Kyle M. Rollins, Brigham Young University, United States; Dan A. Brown, Dan Brown & Associates, United States; Hubert Law, Earth Mechanics Inc., United States

Soil mixing and jet grouting provide a means to significantly increase the lateral resistance of pile group foundations with relatively little investment of time, effort, and expense compared to the cost for additional piles necessary to produce the same increased resistance. Comparative field testing conducted on full-scale pile groups before and after treatment of small soil volumes showed significant improvement in lateral resistance. The lateral resistance of the pile group increased by 60% due to soil mixing and by 180% due to jet grouting. To provide additional understanding regarding the influence of the soil mix strength, depth of improvement and width of improvement, a series of parametric studies were performed using a 3D finite element model. This set of “virtual load tests” was then combined with the results from the actual field tests to help develop a simplified model to account for observed behavior. In general, the testing and analysis indicate the pile group and the surrounding improved soil block generally act as an equivalent “super pile”. The passive force, side shear and base shear on the improved soil surrounding the pile group itself increased lateral resistance. This increase in resistance from the soil block can be added to the lateral resistance of the pile group.

 article #2060; publication #1013 (DM-2015)