Impact of installation on the recovery of the bearing capacity of displacement piles in sensitive clay
Paper in proceeding, 2021

Deep foundations are essential for the soft soil deposits that are ubiquitous in the Nordic countries. Precast driven displacement piles are commonly used, due to the ease of installation and their low cost. The stiffness and strength of the clay surrounding the piles will change during and after the pile installation process. This paper presents an effective stress based numerical framework that elaborates the pile set-up and pile ageing mechanisms observed empirically. For the trial case studied, it is demonstrated that the magnitude of the increase in axial bearing capacity over time is strongly linked to the pile installation stage. Furthermore, it is found that classic effective stress based soil mechanics concepts readily describe the observed behaviour.


Jorge Yannie


Mats Karlsson

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

Jelke Dijkstra

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Geology and Geotechnics

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

17551307 (ISSN) 17551315 (eISSN)

Vol. 710 1 012046

18th Nordic Geotechnical Meeting, NGM 2020
Helsinki, Virtual, Finland,

Subject Categories

Applied Mechanics

Geotechnical Engineering

Composite Science and Engineering



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