Theory and Practice of Pile Foundations

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  • Includes innovative and easy to apply solutions for real pile problems
  • Contains world cases to demonstrate economy and efficiency of the design methods
  • Provides solutions in Excel and MathCad form online


Pile Foundations are an essential basis for many structures. It is vital that they be designed with the utmost reliability, because the cost of failure is potentially huge. Covering a whole range of design issues relating to pile design, this book presents economical and efficient design solutions and demonstrates them using real world examples. Coverage includes nonlinear response of single piles to vertical or torsional loading and to cyclic lateral loading, as well as prediction of nonlinear response of lateral pile groups, vertically loaded pile groups and the design of slope stabilising piles. Most solutions are provided as closed-form expressions.

Theory and Practice of Pile Foundations is:

  • illustrated with case studies
  • accompanied by practical applications in Excel and MathCad
  • the first book to incorporate nonlinear interaction into pile design.

A valuable resource for students of geotechnical engineering taking courses in foundations and a vital tool for engineers designing pile foundations.

Table of Contents

Strength and Stiffness from In Situ Tests
Standard Penetration Tests (SPT)
Cone Penetration Tests
Soil Stiffness
Stiffness and Strength of Rock

Capacity of Vertically Loaded Piles
Capacity of Single Piles
Capacity of Single Piles in Rock
Negative Skin Friction
Capacity of pile groups

Mechanism and Models for Pile-Soil Interaction
Concentric Cylinder Model (CCM)
Nonlinear Concentric Cylinder Model
Time-Dependent CCM
Torque-Rotation Transfer Model
Coupled Elastic Model for Lateral Piles
Elastic-Plastic Model for Lateral Piles

Vertically Loaded Single Piles
Load Transfer Models

Overall Pile–Soil Interaction
Parametric Study
Load Settlement
Settlement Influence Factor
Capacity for Strain Softening Soil
Capacity and Cyclic Amplitude

Time-Dependent Response of Vertically Loaded Piles
Visco-Elastic Load Transfer Behavior
Visco-Elastic Consolidation

Settlement of Pile Groups
Empirical Methods
Shallow Footing Analogy
Numerical Methods
Boundary Element Approach: GASGROUP

Elastic Solutions for Laterally Loaded Piles
Overall Pile Response
Parametric Study
Subgrade Modulus and Design Charts
Pile Group Response

Laterally Loaded Rigid Piles
Elastic Plastic Solutions
Capacity and Lateral-Moment Loading Loci
Comparison with Existing Solutions
Illustrative Examples

Laterally Loaded Free-Head Piles
Solutions for Pile-Soil System
Slip Depth Versus Nonlinear Response
Calculations for Typical Piles
Comments on Use of Current Solutions
Response of Piles Under Cyclic Loading
Response of Free-Head Groups

Structural Nonlinearity and Response of Rock-Socket Piles
Solutions for Laterally Loaded Shafts
Nonlinear Structural Behavior of Shafts
Nonlinear Piles in Sand/Clay
Rock-Socketed Shafts

Laterally Loaded Pile Groups
Overall Solutions for a Single Pile
Nonlinear Response of Single Piles and Pile Groups

Design of Passive Piles
Mechanism for Passive Pile-Soil Interaction
Elastic-Plastic (EP) Solutions
pu -Based Solutions (Rigid Piles)
E-E, EP-EP Solutions (Deep Sliding–Flexible Piles)
Design Charts
Case Study

Physical Modeling on Passive Piles
Apparatus and Test Procedures
Test Results
Simple Solutions

Author Bio(s)

Editorial Reviews

"I think it is a very good book for researchers and graduate students for geotechnical engineering. The book includes the most recent theories for pile foundation, including static and cyclic loaded pile, and vertical and lateral loaded pile."
—Renpeng Chen, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

"Quite detailed review is given ... Results are rather updated, and some more advanced numerical results are given. ... This book can be a good text for postgraduates, as it presents more advanced concept and results to the readers."
—Y.M. Cheng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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