Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1971

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Civil Engineering

Abstract

Piles are common structural elements used to transmit loads through weak or compressible surface soils to lower, more suitable soil strata. They are relatively small diameter shafts that are forced into the ground. Typical examples of pile utilization can be found at nearly any site where a major structure is being constructed. Many waterfront structures are built on partially embedded piles. In this case, the pile transfers the load of the structure to the lower soil strata and also serves as a column for the portion of the structure above the mud line. Many bridges and buildings are also supported by partially embedded piles. This is especially true for structures in permafrost areas. The load bearing capacity of totally embedded and partially embedded piles can usually be determined using readily accepted design procedures. The load bearing capacity of totally embedded and partially embedded piles can usually be determined using readily accepted design procedures. However, the design of partially embedded piles is further complicated by the fact that the column portion of the pile extends below the surface to some point where it can be considered as fixed. It follows, then, that before the design process can proceed, this point of fixity must be defined.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Piling (Civil engineering)

Buckling (Mechanics)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

67

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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