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Geomechanics and Engineering
  Volume 26, Number 3, August10 2021 , pages 215-225

Assessment of ultimate load of drilled shaft socketed in rocks based on pile load tests
Won Pyo Hong and Seongwon Hong

    To investigate the settlement characteristics of drilled shaft socketed into igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary rock, experimental results of the pile load tests were thoroughly collected in 20 different locations, clearly tabulated, and extensively compared with the standards for assessment of ultimate load. Total and elastic settlement patterns of drill shaft were completely dependent on the socketed pile length, the imposed load, the pile diameter, and the shear stress in bedrock, whereas residual settlement did not depend on the factors. It was also observed that the trends of total, residual, and elastic settlements were independent on bedrock types. Comparison between the experimental data and the standards shows that the total and residual settlements of large drilled shaft socketed in bedrock were too high to determine the ultimate load, and the reasonable amount of total or residual settlement measured from pile load test is proposed to assess the ultimate load capacity of drilled shaft socketed in bedrock.
Key Words
    bedrock; drilled shaft; pile load test; residual and total settlement; ultimate load capacity
Won Pyo Hong: Department of Civil, Environmental and Plant Engineering, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 06974, Republic of Korea

Seongwon Hong: Department of Safety Engineering, Korea National University of Transportation, 50 Daehak-ro, Chungju-si, Chungbuk 27469, Republic of Korea

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