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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2012 Vol.13 No.11 P.888-894


A semi-analytical method for the analysis of pile-supported embankments

Author(s):  Wan-huan Zhou, Ren-peng Chen, Lin-shuang Zhao, Zheng-zhong Xu, Yun-min Chen

Affiliation(s):  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Macau, Macau, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   hannahzhou@umac.mo, chenrp@zju.edu.cn

Key Words:  Pile-supported embankment, Soil arching, Load transfer, Equal settlement plane, Soft soils

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Wan-huan Zhou, Ren-peng Chen, Lin-shuang Zhao, Zheng-zhong Xu, Yun-min Chen. A semi-analytical method for the analysis of pile-supported embankments[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2012, 13(11): 888-894.

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In this paper, a semi-analytical method for the analysis of pile-supported embankments is proposed. The mathematic model describes the cooperative behavior of pile, pile cap, foundation soil, and embankment fills. Based on Terzaghi’s 1D consolidation theory of saturated soil, the consolidation of foundation soil is calculated. The embankments with two different types of piles: floating piles and end-bearing piles are investigated and discussed. The results of axial force and skin friction distributions along the pile and the settlements of pile-supported embankments are presented. It is found that it takes a longer time for soil consolidation in the embankment with floating piles, compared with the case using end-bearing piles. The differential settlement between the pile and surrounding soil at the pile top is larger for the embankment with end-bearing piles, compared with the case of floating piles.

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