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DeepFND example: Driven Steel Section

Deep Foundation Example: Lateral and Vertical analysis of a Driven Steel Pile


In this example we will design a driven steel foundation pile for the specified axial and lateral loads. The model and analysis have been designed with DeepFND - Deep Foundation Design Software.


A. Project Description


In this example we will design a steel beam foundation pile. The Figure below presents the project model. Tables 1 and 2 present the soil properties and the stratigraphy respectively. Table 3 presents the external loads applied on the pile head. Table 4 presents the pile section properties that we are going to use. The general ground surface is at El. 0ft and the general water table is at El. -15 ft.



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Figure: Project model.


Table 1: Soil properties.


Soil properties

Table 2: Stratigraphy.

Soil Layer

Elevation (ft)

OCR

Ko

F

-0

1

0.577

C

-5

1

0.515

S1

-18

1

0.47

S2

-27

1

0.441


Table 3: External loads.

Stage

Axial Load

(kips)

Moment

(k-ft)

Lateral Load (kips)

Stage 0 (Compression)

150

0

20

Stage 1 (Tension)

-100

0

20


Table 4: Pile parameters.

Pile Type

Steel Driven

Steel pile section

W30x108

Steel Grade

A36

Initial pile depth

45 ft

B. Modeling with DeepFND


In DeepFND software, we should define initially the soil properties of all soils according to the geotechnical report, the model stratigraphy, the pile head loads and the pile initial depth and structural section.

  • Define soil properties:


From the General tab of DeepFND we can select the option “Edit Soil Type Data”. In the dialog that appears, we can modify the existing soils database or add new soils, and then for each one of them, we have to define the general soil properties, the soil model and the lateral soil properties. The soil parameters can be defined manually, or with the use of the software SPT estimator or local parameter estimation tools.


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Figure: Edit Soil Type Data Dialog.


  • Define stratigraphy:


From the General tab of DeepFND we can select the option “Edit Boring”. In the dialog that appears, we can define the top of the soil layer elevation and the soil type for each soil layer.


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Figure: Edit Soil Layers Dialog.


  • Define external loads on pile head:


In any model in DeepFND we can add several stages. In our deep foundation software these can work as loading stages, so in each stage we can define a different load (load type, magnitude etc). In this example, we will use Stage 0 to define our maximum compression load, and Stage 1 to define our maximum tension load on the pile head.


First of all, we right-click on the Stage 0 tab right below the model area and we select to Add Stage (so Stage 1 is added):


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Figure: Stages in DeepFND.


After we create the stages, we double-click on the load in the model area. In the dialog that appears, we can add several loads in the list and define the load type and the magnitude of each load, in each stage. The summary of all loads will be applied on the pile head. If we apply a design standard (i.e. AASHTO LRFD), the loads will be factored depending on the load type (dead, live, wind, ice, vehicular etc.).


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Figure: Define loads on pile head.


  • Define pile section and initial length:


In DeepFND we have to define the pile type, installation method, structural section and original depth. Later, based on the analyses results, we can choose to optimize the pile section and the pile embedment. The required pile length can also be calculated by the software. We have to double-click on the pile and define the pile parameters in the dialog that appears. By pressing “Edit” on this dialog, we can define the pile type and the pile structural section.


In the Steel Sections dialog, we can select the steel beam type (H beam, Circular, Square hollow), and select the steel section from the software extensive database. All steel section properties are implemented within the software.


Important: In this dialog we should also define the steel Fy value (the default value is 0 leading to no results).


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Figure: Define pile dimensions and data dialog.


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Figure: Select the pile type and choose to edit the steel section.


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Figure: Define the steel beam type, select the steel section and define Fy.


 

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C. Define Analysis Options


After we create the model in DeepFND, we have to define several analysis parameters.


  • Pile length automatic optimization:


In the general tab of DeepFND we can select to optimize the pile length. In this case, we need to define the maximum pile depth and the step. The software will use the step to calculate the pile tensional and compressional capacity in several depths and compare them with the applied tension and compression loads respectively. It will stop the analysis when both capacities exceed the applied loads and return as a result the pile depth, the calculated capacities and the pile structural results (moment, shear, displacement etc.). If the software reaches the maximum depth and fails to find a suitable solution, it will stop the analysis and return as a result the calculated capacities etc. of the maximum depth.


If we leave this option unselected, the software will use the pile depth we manually specified for the analysis and return all analysis results.


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Figure: Option to optimize pile length in the General tab.


  • Analysis equations and settings:


In the Analysis tab of DeepFND, all analysis parameters are automatically defined according to the pile type (helical or non-helical) and the pile installation method (drilled, driven, caisson, micporile etc.).


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Figure: Analysis settings, automatically selected.


  • Design standards and Safety factors:


In the Design tab we can define the structural codes and the safety factors applied on the bearing, shaft and structural capacities. Alternatively, we can select a load combination of a specific geotechnical design standard (we will not use one in the current example).


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Figure: Define structural codes and structural/geotechnical safety factors.


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Figure: Option to assign a design standard load combination.


  • Settlement analysis options:


In the Settlement tab we can select the option to perform settlement analysis. Also there, we can define pile settlement acceptance criteria.


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Figure: Option to perform settlement analysis and pile settlement acceptance criteria.


  • Lateral pile analysis options:


In the Lateral tab we can select the lateral pile analysis method. The available options are either to calculate pile moment, shear and displacement for the defined lateral loads, or perform a pushover analysis and report the required load to achieve a specific displacement.


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Figure: Lateral load options.


D. Vertical and Lateral Pile Analysis and Results


Since the model is ready, we can choose to calculate the design section. After the analysis is succeeded, the Summary table appears. The table below includes the calculated compression and tension capacities, the optimized pile depth, the lateral pile results and more. By closing the summary table, we can review the results graphically on the model area.


Table: Analysis and Checking Summary table.


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Figure: Pile geotechnical capacities and settlement.


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Figure: Pile displacement, shear and moment diagrams.


 

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