The Simple Pile Load Test (SPLT)

For the design of pile foundations, estimation of the pile-bearing capacity is important because the size and number of piles are determined from the estimation. Although there have been many different methods predicting pile-bearing capacity, no one method provides reliable predictions except for methods based on actual loading tests. Due to time and money constraints, conventional pile-load tests tend to be limited and, consequently, design relies on relatively high factors of safety. In this paper, a new and simple method of performing pile-load tests is introduced. The suggested method uses a separable pile shoe with a reduced-size sliding core and has proved to be efficient in terms of both time and cost. By choosing the newly developed testing method, a more economical pile design can be attained.

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