A critical review of the methods for pile design in seismically liquefiable soils

S Bhattacharya, S P G Madabhushi

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Abstract

Collapse and/or severe damage to pile-supported structures are still observed in liquefiable soils after most major earthquakes. Poor performance of pile foundations remains a great concern to the earthquake engineering community. This review paper compares and contrasts the two plausible theories on pile failure in liquefiable soils. The well established theory of pile failure is based on a flexural mechanism; where the lateral loads on the pile (due to inertia and/or lateral spreading) induce bending failure. This theory is well researched in the recent past and assumes that piles are laterally loaded beams. A more recent theory based on buckling instability treats the piles as laterally unsupported slender columns in liquefiable soils and investigates the buckling instability (bifurcation). The objective of this paper is to investigate the implications to practical pile foundation design that flow from both these theories. Provisions for design made by major international codes of practice for pile design including the Japanese Highway Code (JRA) will be considered. The necessity for such codes to consider alternative forms of failure mechanisms such as the buckling instability of piles in liquefied ground will be discussed.
Translated title of the contributionA critical review of the methods for pile design in seismically liquefiable soils
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407 - 446
Number of pages40
JournalBulletin of Earthquake Engineering
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

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Publisher: Springer

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