Field static load tests on drilled shaft founded on or socketed into rock

The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 00, Hong Kong
Canadian Geotechnical Journal (Impact Factor: 1.33). 02/2011; 37(6):1283-1294. DOI: 10.1139/cgj-37-6-1283


The Mass Transit Railway Corporation proposes to construct the Tseung Kwan O Depot (TKD) within Area 86 reclamation at Tseung Kwan O as part of the Tseung Kwan O Extension. The proposed foundation for the TKD comprises about 1000 large-diameter, bored, cast in situ, drilled shafts founded on or socketed into rock. To confirm the design allowable end bearing capacity and rock socket side resistance for the drilled shaft foundations, two test piles were constructed and tested. Both test piles were instrumented with strain gauges and rod extensometers. This paper presents the static compressive load test results on both test piles. The test results indicate that an end bearing capacity of 20.8 MPa (design allowable 7.5 MPa) and rock socket side resistance 2.63 MPa (design allowable 0.75 MPa) are achieved during the pile load tests with no sign of failure.Key words: drilled shaft, static load test, end bearing capacity, rock socket, rock socket side resistance, load transfer.

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