Publication Abstract

Proceedings - Second International Conference - Piling and Deep Foundations, 1987, Luxembourg, (DFI)

Dynamic Testing for Bored Pile Bearing Capacity
Jorn M. Seitz; Bilfinger + Berger Bau AG, Mannheim, FRG Frank Rausche; Goble Rausche Likins and Associates, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio

Dynamic load testing is employed with ever increasing frequency to estimate the strength and elastic settlement behavior of pile of all types. For dynamic loading ram masses up to 20 Mg have been used and pile resistance forces up to 30 MN have been activated. Strains and accelerations induced by the impact are measured near the pile top and a load-set curve is computed by the so-called CAPWAP method. This paper briefly describes both the necessary equipment and other details of the dynamic tests and the available analytical tools for data interpretation. Furthermore, the need for further research and the current status of standardization will be discussed. This paper also presents the results from several static and dynamic correlation tests on cast-in-situ piles of up to 2 m diameter and 64 m length. The results demonstrate the economical and technical feasibility of this test method.

 article #601; publication #40 (IC-1987)