The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 38 (1960) > Issues > Issue 7 > Practical Design of Pile Groups
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Practical Design of Pile Groups

The problems connected with the design of pile groups are often the subject of lengthy and complicated analyses. This applies particularly to pile groups which have to withstand relatively large horizontal thrusts, where the use of raking piles would be advantageous. Because of the indeterminate nature of piled foundation structures, an exact analysis of structural members has not yet been possible; and this presents a difficulty which is quite apart from the problems of soil mechanics involved. Investigations into the action of earth mass around piles and attempts to utilize the shear strength or the modulus of elasticity of soil for defining the ground resistance to horizontal thrust, do not appear to have yielded conclusive results of great practical value; and easily applied design methods have certainly not yet been derived from them. A. Kroie

Author(s): Kroie, A

Keywords: design;piles;raking piles