Pile design and construction

Lo, Matthew Simon (2001). Pile design and construction B.Sc Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Lo, Matthew Simon
Thesis Title Pile design and construction
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2001
Thesis type B.Sc Thesis
Supervisor Dr Robert Day
Total pages 204
Language eng
Subjects 09 Engineering
Formatted abstract

Piles are structural members used to transfer loads through water or ground of low strength to a competent bearing stratum. Piles may be either driven (displacement) or bored (nondisplacement), and either preformed (steel tube or section, wood, reinforced or prestressed concrete) or cast-in-place (in situ concrete). They may be ‘end bearing piles’ (i.e. deriving their carrying capacity from resistance of the point embedded in strong soil or rock) or ‘friction piles’ (i.e. deriving their carrying capacity from adhesion between the pile shaft and the surrounding ground) or a combination of these factors. The criteria for a successful pile are geometry, tolerance, constructability, durability, and structural efficiency. The philosophy behind this thesis has been to develop an up-to-date collection of the current design and construction practices of piling engineering, focused towards developing a model that can be used for future reference. In order to achieve this, extensive research and consultation with industry, as well as literature detailing foundation construction methods has been undertaken. It was desired to gain an appreciation of the general holistic approach to pile foundations, and cover some innovative methods used. This allows an understanding of how to approach a problem in a realistic manner. The report also covers potential problems and uncertainties with pile design and construction. This thesis is a comprehensive review of pile foundations. The report draws together design techniques, performance criteria, methods of installation, economics, and selection of piles. This thesis provides an easy-tounderstand, extensive, and integrated analysis of the behaviour, design, and construction of piles. It is intended as an educational tool, not as an end in itself; therefore, the document has been designed to foster the study, research, and comprehension of piles.

Keyword Pile design
Pile construction
Additional Notes * Civil Engineering undergraduate theses. 2001

Document type: Thesis
Collection: UQ Theses (non-RHD) - UQ staff and students only
 
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