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Title: Pile group settlement. A probabilistic approach
Authors: Quek, S.T. 
Phoon, K.K. 
Chow, Y.K. 
Issue Date: Nov-1991
Citation: Quek, S.T.,Phoon, K.K.,Chow, Y.K. (1991-11). Pile group settlement. A probabilistic approach. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 15 (11) : 817-832. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The uncertain settlement response of pile groups is determined using a 'hybrid' formulation and a first-order perturbation technique. The spatially varying soil modulus, which gives rise to the uncertainties in the pile group settlement, is modeled as a homogeneous random field. The random field is assumed to be one-dimensional since the 'hybrid' formulation does not account for horizontal variation in the soil properties. Using the proposed method, the coefficient of variation of the pile group settlement is computed. The single-pile solution obtained compare favorably with the solutions from a conventional stochastic finite element analysis. Pile groups of sizes ranging from two to twenty-five piles are studied. It is observed that the coefficient of variation is not significantly affected by the pile spacing as well as the group size. By defining an appropriate performance function, the reliability index of a pile group system is also found to be approximately the same as that of a single-pile system. These observations suggest that the solutions for a single pile may be used to estimate the uncertainties in the settlement response of pile groups.
Source Title: International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
ISSN: 03639061
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