Importance of footing-soil separation on dynamic stiffness of piled embedded footings

L. A. Padrón, G. E. Mylonakis, D. E. Beskos
2009 International journal for numerical and analytical methods in geomechanics (Print)  
Different phenomena such as soil consolidation, erosion, and scour beneath an embedded footing supported on piles may lead to loss of contact between soil and the pile cap underside. The importance of this separation on the dynamic stiffness and damping of the foundation is assessed in this work. To this end, a numerical parametric analysis in the frequency domain is performed using a rigorous threedimensional elastodynamic BEM-FEM coupling method. Dimensionless plots relating dynamic stiffness
more » ... functions computed with and without separation effects are presented for different pile-soil configurations. Vertical, horizontal and rocking modes of oscillation are analyzed for a wide range of dimensionless frequencies. It is shown that the importance of separation is negligible for frequencies below those for which dynamic pile group effects start to become apparent. Redistribution of stiffness contributions between piles and footing is also addressed.
doi:10.1002/nag.782 fatcat:driwywuocvbjla2zbukxgsug4q