Driveability of composite piles

Guades, E. J. and Aravinthan, T. and Islam, M. M. (2011) Driveability of composite piles. In: 1st International Postgraduate Conference on Engineering, Designing and Developing the Built Environment for Sustainable Wellbeing (eddBE 2011) , 27-29 Apr 2011, Brisbane, Australia.

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Deep foundation has historically involved the use of traditional materials such as concrete, steel and timber. However, these materials suffered from strength degradation and its repair cost is significant especially if installed in harsh marine environment. A relatively new trend in piling industry is to use composites as substitute material. Composites present a novel solution without most of the traditional materials' shortcomings. The basic advantages of composites among other construction materials include lightweight, high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, chemical and environmental resistance, and low maintenance cost. Apart from the mentioned advantages, composite materials face impediments since they do not have a long track record of use in piling system. To partially address the aforementioned barrier, this paper presents information on the driveability of composite piles which is one of the first steps toward understanding its behaviour during driving. Additionally, experimental impact test result conducted by the authors on fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) hollow pile is also discussed in this study. Result from the impact test on laminate confirms that longitudinal specimen exhibited higher energy absorption capacity compared to the transverse specimens. The performed axial impact test on pultruded section revealed that degradation of stiffness increases with increasing incident energies and impact cycles. Generally, literature showed limited information on full-scale driving test and needed field tests to carefully assess and verify the driving performance of the composite piles to be used in developing reliable design procedures.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 May 2011 23:56
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 22:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite piles; pile driving; fibre reinforced polymers; FRP; impact behaviour
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120402 Engineering Design Knowledge
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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