Publication Abstract

Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, 2020 - ONLINE , (DFI)

Review of Axial Design Methodologies of Auger Cast Piles Bearing in Yorktown Formation
Kashyap Chaturvedula, Emad Farouz

The paper presents a discussion on the axial capacity of deep foundation elements bearing in the Yorktown formation in the southeastern region of Virginia. The fossiliferous marine soils of Tertiary age Yorktown formation typically consist of silty/clayey Sand or sandy Silt/Clay with varying amounts of shell fragments. The Yorktown formation is generally divided into Upper and Lower Yorktown layers depending on the shell content and the percent fines. Results of multiple load tests performed by Jacobs Engineering on auger cast piles as part of water and wastewater treatment plant expansion projects in southeastern region of Virginia are presented in this paper. The paper describes the subsurface investigation methods used to study the existing subsurface conditions and the design methodologies followed to estimate the axial capacity of the auger cast piles. The paper provides details regarding installation of test piles, instrumentation, load testing procedure, and interpretation of test results. The paper presents a comparison between the various methods of estimating axial capacity of auger cast piles based on the SPT-N values, the empirical methods for the Yorktown formation and the load test information. The paper distinguishes the side resistance values obtained within the upper and lower Yorktown formations. The paper compares the various design methods to the multiple load test results and recommends a design modification that is closer to the load test results.

 article #3668; publication #1073 (AM-2020)