Centrifuge modelling of an embankment stabilised with discretely spaced reinforced concrete piles

T. J. Kelly, J. A. Knappett, R. Müller

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    This paper focuses upon the discrete piling method, whereby a line of spaced piles are installed across a slope, inducing soil arching in the failing soil mass and halting movement. However, the effect of pile location upon the slope is not yet thoroughly understood from a design perspective, with many publications making conflicting recommendations as to the optimal position. A programme of centrifuge testing was undertaken to investigate the effects of both the position of the pile line upon a marginally stable embankment slope, and the method of pile installation adopted. Embankment models were tested both with and without the presence of driven and bored stabilising piles, respectively, in various slope locations, and the slope crest deformation measured throughout testing. The results consistently indicated that regardless of pile type or location, some improvement in slope movement and stability is always achieved over the unreinforced embankment, with the model bored piles found to slightly outperform the driven piles. Installation between the toe and middle of the slope was found to be the optimal location. © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Transportation Geotechnics II
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics, ICTG 2012
    EditorsSeiichi Miura, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Nobuyuki Yoshida, Yoshio Hisari, Nagato Abe
    Place of PublicationBaco Raton
    PublisherCRC Press
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203075456
    ISBN (Print)9780415621359
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event2nd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics - Hokkaido, Japan
    Duration: 10 Sep 201212 Sep 2012


    Conference2nd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics
    Abbreviated title2nd ICTG 2012


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