Installation Behavior of Open Ended and Closed Ended Piles with Torque Application

Pablo Garcia Galindo, Craig Davidson (Lead / Corresponding author), Michael Brown

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Screw piles offer several potential benefits for deployment offshore for renewable energy developments. They are easy to install, have the potential to achieve large capacity and generate low noise and vibration during installation. This latter benefit makes them an attractive alternative to driven piles where there are concerns over the impact of installation on marine mammals. Although screw piles are attractive for offshore deployment, their recent use has been limited to small piles therefore, to allow offshore deployment considerable upscaling of these piles must occur. This increase in size comes with concerns of how they will perform and the requirements for installation. For example, it is well known that the shaft capacity of a driven pile is influenced by plugging or coring behaviour internally. As screw piles are installed by rotation and vertical force, it is necessary to investigate how this installation process effects pile plugging behaviour. As part of a preliminary study, the effect of rotation on plugging and installation capacity behaviour was investigated by 1g small scale model testing in sand. The addition of rotation during installation was seen to give a significant reduction in the pile penetration resistance in both open and closed ended piles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Press-in Engineering 2018, Kochi (IPCE 21018)
Place of PublicationJapan
PublisherInternational Press-in Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9784909722331
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event1st International Conference on Press-in Engineering (IPCE 2018) - Kochi University of Technology, Kochi, Japan
Duration: 19 Sept 201820 Sept 2018


Conference1st International Conference on Press-in Engineering (IPCE 2018)
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  • Screw piles
  • Plugging
  • Torque
  • PLR


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