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Geomechanics and Engineering
  Volume 26, Number 1, July10 2021 , pages 27-40

Numerical modelling of the long-term effects of XCC piling in fine-grained soil
Fei Liu, Jiangtao Yi, Junjie Dong and Hang Zhou

    Although the development and utilization of X-section cast-in-place concrete (XCC) pile have been reported for some time, the long-term effects of XCC piling in fine-grained soil, in particular the set-up effects, have received little attention. This paper reports a coupled effective analysis of XCC piling using the dual-stage Eulerian-Lagrangian (DSEL) technique. The pile installation and subsequent soil consolidation was explicitly and consecutively modelled. The generation of excess pore pressure and alteration of stress states during the pile installation were explored. The distribution and magnitude of effective normal stress at pile/soil interface, in particular its evolution with time, were investigated. The influence of set-up effects on the XCC pile shaft resistance was assessed and quantified. It was found out, although the shaft resistances of both XCC and circular pile develops substantially with time, the consolidation in the wake of XCC pile installation can bring in more capacity enhancements and therefore practical benefits. The ultimate shaft resistance of XCC pile is 45% higher than that of the circular pile of the same cross-sectional area. Additionally, practical advice was given on how to optimize of the cross-sectional shape of XCC piles to take full advantage of set-up effects and achieve economical designs.
Key Words
    effective normal stress; large deformation finite element analysis; set-up effect; shaft resistance; XCC pile
Fei Liu, Jiangtao Yi, Junjie Dong and Hang Zhou: School of Civil Engineering, Chongqing University, No.83 Shabei Street, Chongqing, 400045, China

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