The load-sharing ratio of the prebored and precast pile in top-down method foundation was investigated by using a numerical analysis and field case study. The emphasis was on quantifying the apparent load-sharing ratio of the prebored and precast pile during the top-down method construction process. A series of three-dimensional finite element analysis were conducted, with special attention given to the pile load-sharing ratio under various conditions, such as soil condition, pile geometry, pile length, and structure load. In addition, the load-sharing ratio of a single pile was also investigated based on the location of the pile in the raft (footing). The analysis model was validated by comparing the analysis model with the field data of an actual construction site using the prebored and precast pile and the top-down method. On the basis of the series of analysis results and the field measurements, when the soil condition is better than weathered rock and for moderate pile length, at least 15% of the total structure load was supported by the pile throughout the construction process. Furthermore, it was shown that the pile near the center of the raft carried more structure load compared with the piles in the side and the corner of the raft.
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The authors express their gratitude for the support on this work from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction