Lessons learned from large-scale physical modeling of tapered jacking piles: HSDT


  • Lars Bo Ibsen Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Thomas Manns Vej 23, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
  • Amin Barari School of Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia




To provide an improved understanding of the behavior of screw piles in disturbed soil, as a series of companion papers, laboratory tests with full scale tapered jacking piles were performed in the current study. The designated tapered pile has the similar dimensions, material properties and cone-shaped bottom, with the exception of threads eliminated.

The main objectives of this paper are to: (1) establish the robust and efficient simple high strain dynamic testing (HSDT) requirements for validating displacement tapered piles capacities while exploring the installation effect; (2) determine a correlation between static and dynamic bearing capacity in compression for steel tapered piles installed by jacking in sand with various relative densities.

Out of nine large-scale laboratory expriments at Aalborg University Offshore Geotechnics Laboratory [1-3] with the tank filled with Aalborg University Sand No.1, this research exclusively presents some lessons learned from an exemplar tapered jacking pile installation (Test 4) in dry sand (relative density  and its response to monotonic and impact loadings. The selected piles have diameter of D=76 mm and 89 mm with length of 2.07 m. The layout of the miniature CPTs carried out to measure soil state is shown in Fig. 1, with four CPTs performed following each jacking installation campaign to study the soil state after the installation of the piles (Fig. 1). In order to fulfill the objectives, the piles are installed by a static compression load that includes an unloading/reloading step, followed by dynamic testing in order to facilitate the determination of the bearing capacity (Fig. 2). The hammer test was carried out on both piles, by a hammer from increasing drop heights of 218, 418, 618, 818 and 1018 mm (Fig.3). The hammer consists of a sleigh with multiple attached steel plates weighting 19.31 kg on average and the sleigh itself weighs 18.55 kg. Tapered pile jacking resulted in dilation extending to a depth of 2.8when diameter exceeds from 76 mm to 89 mm. By contrast, in the region around pile P76, the soil was entirely densified. The tendency to densify the soil near tip area due to jacking installation is observed in both tests, where the initial viod ratio varied from 0.67 to  0.59  and from 0.63 to 0.57 corresponding to piles P76 and P89, respectively (Fig.4).

Subseuqntluy, Danish Pile Driving Formulas (DDR) introduced by [4] was ustilised which is according to the required potential energy from a hammer stroke to exceed the pile penetration resistance. The mass of the hammer G is defined by:

where elastic settlement =, A is cross-sectional area, E is the Young’s modulus, l is the installed length of pile which is approximately 1.9 m,  and   is the maximum static force required to install the pile. The efficiency factor  is set as 1. During the impact loading tests, the settlement of the pile is measured with a 1 mm accuracy for each hammer stroke, and the limiting settlement, s was set to yield a certain level (0.1D) when the drop height is 618 mm. Thus, the dynamic bearing capacity =  ,  and ratio= are shown in Table 1.




How to Cite

Ibsen, L. B., & Barari, A. (2023). Lessons learned from large-scale physical modeling of tapered jacking piles: HSDT . Symposium on Energy Geotechnics 2023, 1–2. https://doi.org/10.59490/seg.2023.603

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