Importance of footing-soil separation on dynamic stiffness of piled embedded footings

L. A. Padrón*, G. E. Mylonakis, D. E. Beskos

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Different phenomena such as soil consolidation, erosion, and scour beneath an embedded footing supported on piles may lead to loss of contact between soil and the pile cap underside. The importance of this separation on the dynamic stiffness and damping of the foundation is assessed in this work. To this end, a numerical parametric analysis in the frequency domain is performed using a rigorous three-dimensional elastodynamic boundary element-finite element coupling scheme. Dimensionless plots relating dynamic stiffness functions computed with and without separation effects are presented for different pile-soil configurations. Vertical, horizontal and rocking modes of oscillation are analyzed for a wide range of dimensionless frequencies. It is shown that the importance of separation is negligible for frequencies below those for which dynamic pile group effects start to become apparent. Redistribution of stiffness contributions between piles and footing is also addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1439-1448
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009


  • Boundary element method
  • Dynamic stiffness
  • Embedded footing
  • Pile group
  • Piled footing
  • Soil consolidation
  • Soil-structure interaction


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