Publication Abstract

Proceedings of DFI-India 2019: 9th Conference on Deep Foundation Technologies for Infrastructure Development in India, (DFI)

New Testing Approach for Pile Load Tests in India
Vijay Kumar Patidar, Suneet Kaur, Ph.D., and Nitin Dindorkar, Ph.D.

Static Load testing is conventional technique for testing of pile in which loads are applied vertically to the top of the pile and generally known as ‘top down testing’, has been in practice from many years all over the world and has become a standard test for the foundation engineering. This method cannot be used under certain circumstances like in limited space, maximum magnitude of load. There is a finite limit to the load that can be applied with either kentledge, the use of reaction piles or anchors, and as the load increases the cost of testing also increases. A new test method seeks to overcome all the large-scale problems associated with this top down testing technique. This method will divide the foundation elements into two or more sections and these can be loaded axially as required using a portion of the foundation element as a reaction. Bi-Directional Static pile load test is economical and less time-consuming test as compared to conventional static load test. Therefore, Bi-Directional static pile load test can be considered as alternative test for the upcoming heavy load testing of pile foundations.

 article #3290; publication #1059 (India2019)