Performance of Screw Piles enhanced for lateral load capacity

Kevin Stone, Maria Diakoumi

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This paper presents a centrifuge model study of the performance of screw piles with enhanced lateral capacity provided by fins (Screwfin Pile), expanded shafts, or high-level augers. It is proposed that such systems can be made self-installing whereby the screw pile is utilised to embed the fins or other enhancement, and as such the system would be particularly attractive for applications where installation of conventional piles by driving is difficult or unpracticable. The model tests were conducted in a balanced beam geotechnical centrifuge at an acceleration level of 50 gravities in medium to dense uniformly graded dry sand. The installation of the piles was not modelled, and thus only the post-installation performance was assessed. Monotonic lateral loading was applied, and the results are presented through load versus displacement plots, from which lateral capacities are derived. The data set obtained from the tests is compared with a simple analytical approach based on Broms’ method.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XVII ECSMGE-2019
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2019
EventThe XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 1 Sept 20206 Sept 2020


ConferenceThe XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

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  • Screw piles
  • centrifuge modelling
  • lateral capacity


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