Published on March 6, 2014
DEFINITION 1. Deep Foundations are those in which the depth of the foundation is very large in comparison to its width. Which are not constructed by ordinary methods of open pit excavations.
When Used? In cases where The strata of good bearing capacity is not available near the ground The space is restricted to allow for spread footings In these cases the foundation of the structure has to be taken deep with the purpose of attaining a bearing stratum which is suitable and which ensures stability and durability of a structure. The bearing stratum is not the only case. There may be many other cases. For example, the foundation for a bridge pier must be placed below the scour depth, although suitable bearing stratum may exist at a higher level.
Forms of Construction Most common forms of construction pertaining to deep foundations are: Pile Foundation construction) (more Cofferdams Caisson or Well Foundation commonly used in building
Pile Foundations The term ‘Pile Foundation’ denotes a construction for the foundation of a wall or pier which is supported on piles. Where Used : stratum of required bearing capacity is at greater depth steep slopes are encountered Compressible soil or water-logged soil or soil of made-up type Examples: Piles are used for foundation for buildings, trestlebridges and water front installations (piers, docks etc ). Advantages: Provides a common solution to all difficult foundation site problems Can be used for any type of structure and in any type of soil
Pile Foundations(contd.) Situations Which Demand Pile Foundation : Sub-soil water table is so high that it can easily affect the other foundations. Load coming form the structure is heavy and non uniform. Where grillage or raft foundations are either very costly or their adoption impossible due to local difficulties. When it is not possible to maintain foundation trenches in dry condition by pumping, due to very heavy inflow of seepage or capillary water. When it is not possible to timber the excavation trenches in the case of deep strip foundation. (strip foundation- spread footing under wall ). When overlay soil is compressible, and water-logged and firm hard bearing strata is located at quite a large depth. When structures are located on river-bed or sea-shore and foundations are likely to be scoured due to action of water. Large fluctuations in sub-soil water level. Canal or deep drainage lines exist near the foundations. In the construction of docks, piers and other marine structures they are used as fender piles.
Types of Piles Based on Function a) Classification based on Function or Use 1. Bearing Piles or End Bearing Piles 2. Friction Piles or Skin Friction Piles 3. Sheet Piles 4. Tension Piles or Uplift Piles 5. Anchor Piles 6. Batter Piles 7. Fender Piles 8. Compaction Piles
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd) Bearing Piles Driven into the ground until a hard stratum is reached. Acts as pillars supporting the super-structure and transmitting the load to the ground. Piles, by themselves do not support the load, rather acts as a medium to transmit the load from the foundation to the resisting sub-stratum.
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd) Friction Piles (Floating Piles) Piles are driven at a site where soil is weak or soft to a considerable depth and it is not economical or rather possible to rest the bottom end of the pile on the hard stratum, Load is carried by the friction developed between the sides of the pile and the surrounding ground ( skin friction). The piles are driven up to such a depth that skin friction developed at the sides of the piles equals the load coming on the piles. Skin friction should be carefully evaluated and suitable factor of safety applied, as it is this which is supporting the whole of structure over its head. The load carrying capacity of friction pile can be increased by increasing diameter of the pile driving the pile for larger depth grouping of piles making surface of the pile rough
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd)
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd)
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd) Sheet Piles Sheet piles are never used to provide vertical support but mostly used to act as retaining walls. They are used for the following purposes: To construct retaining walls in docks, and other marine works. To protect erosion of river banks. To retain the sides of foundation trenches. To confine the soil to increase its bearing capacity. To protect the foundation of structures from erosion by river or sea. To isolate foundations from adjacent soils.
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd) Figure: Sheet Piles
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd) Anchor Piles Piles are used to provide anchorage against horizontal pull from sheet piling wall or other pulling forces. Batter piles: Piles are driven at an inclination to resist large horizontal and inclined forces. Fender piles: Piles are used to protect concrete deck or other water front structures from the abrasion or impact caused from the ships or barges. Ordinarily made up of timber. Compaction piles: When piles are driven in granular soil with the aim of increasing the bearing capacity of the soil, the piles are termed as compaction piles.
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd)
Types of Piles Based on Function (contd) Figure: Under-reamed Piles
Types of Piles Based on Materials a) Classification based on Materials 1. Timber Piles 2. Concrete Piles 3. Composite Piles 4. Steel Piles 5. Sand Piles
Types of Piles Based on Materials (contd) 1. Timber Piles: Transmission of load takes place by the frictional resistance of ground and the pile surface. Economical to support light structure. Piles made from timber of tree like Sal, Teak, Deodar, Babul, Khair etc. Khair piles can stand action of sea water and thus used for marine works. May be circular, square in x-section. Piles are driven with the help of pile driving machine in which drop hammers delivers blows on the pile head. Brooming of pile head is prevented by providing an iron ring of less than 25mm in diameter than the pile head at the pile top.
Types of Piles Based on Materials (contd) 1. Timber Piles: To facilitate driving, the lower end is pointed and provided with a cast iron conical shoe. Piles should not be spaced less than 60 cm center to center, the best spacing is 90 cm c/c. closer spacing destroys frictional resistance. Max load should not exceed 20 tonnes. Piles are subjected to decay for alternate dry and wet condition (on account of variation of ground water level) As such , timber piles are cut a little below the lowest water-mark and capped with concrete, steel grillage, stone or timber. If timber capping is used, the cap should be permanently under water. Diameter varies from 30 to 50cm. Length should not be more than 20 times the least sectional dimension.
Types of Piles Based on Materials (contd) Advantages of Timber Piles: Economical where timber is easily available. Can be driven rapidly & as such saves time. Because of elasticity, timber piles are recommended for sites subjected to unusual lateral forces e.g. ship, ferry terminals. Do not need heavy machinery and elaborate technical supervision. Being light, they can be easily handled. They can be easily withdrawn if needed.
Types of Piles Based on Materials (contd) Disadvantages of Timber Piles: Timber piles must be cut off below the permanent ground water level to prevent decay. Liable to decay or deteriorate by salt water/insects. Restricted length. It is rather difficult to procure piles in required size and length. Low bearing capacity. They are not very durable unless suitably treated. It is difficult or rather impossible to drive these piles into hard stratum
Types of Piles Based on Materials (contd)
Types of Piles Based on Materials (contd) Figure: Timber Pile
Types of Concrete Piles Concrete Piles are of 3 types: Pre-cast Piles Cast in situ Piles Prestressed Concrete Piles
Concrete Piles ( contd) Pre-cast Piles: Reinforced concrete piles, molded in circular, square, rectangular or octagonal form. Cast and cured in the casting yard, then transported to the site of driving. If space available it can be cast and cured near the work site. Driven in similar manner as timber piles with the help of piles drivers. Diameter normally varies from 35cm to 65cm, length varies from 4.5m to 30m.
Concrete Piles ( contd) Pre-cast Piles: Function of reinforcement in a pre-cast pile is to resist the stresses during handling, driving and final loading on the pile rather than strengthen the pile to act as a column. Longitudinal reinforcements usually 20mm to 50mm in diameter, stirrups 6mm to 10mm in dia. For 90 cm length at head and toe, stirrups spacing is 8cm c/c and for remaining intermediate length it is about 30cm c/c. Circular piles are seldom tapered. When tapered piles length is restricted to 12m. A concrete cover of 5cm is maintained throughout, over the main steel bars.
Concrete Piles ( contd) Advantages of Pre-cast Piles: Very effective Simple quality control Improves the entire area Disadvantages of Pre-cast Piles: Limited in length Difficult to transport Not suitable for densely built up area Requires costly equipment
Concrete Piles ( contd)
Concrete Piles ( contd) Cast-in-Situ Piles: Cast in position inside the ground. First of all a bore is dug by driving a casing pipe into the ground. Then the soil from the casing is jetted out and filled with cement concrete after placing necessary reinforcement in it. Cast-in-situ piles are of two types: I. Cased Cast-in-Situ Piles: metallic shell is left inside the ground along with the core II. Uncased Cast-in-Situ Piles: metallic shell is withdrawn
Concrete Piles ( contd) Advantages of Cast-in-Situ Concrete Piles: Not limited in length Can be cast at any place Requires less equipment Cost is less and is depended on the size Disadvantages of Cast-in-Situ Concrete Piles: Quality control is difficult Load carrying is mostly done through end bearing only Skin frictional resistance is very low.
Concrete Piles ( contd) Figure: Cast-in-Situ Pile
Concrete Piles ( contd) Advantages of Concrete piles: Durability is independent of ground water level. For large size and greater bearing power number of piles required is much less. Can be cast to any length, size or shape. Can be used to marine work without any treatment. Material required for manufacture is easily obtainable. Concrete piles can be monolithically bonded into pile cap which is not possible in wooden piles.
Concrete Piles ( contd) Disadvantages of Concrete piles: Costlier than timber piles. Can not be driven rapidly. Required elaborate tech supervision and heavy driving machines. Must be reinforced to withstand handling stresses.
Concrete Piles ( contd) Prestressed Concrete Piles The greatest disadvantage of large weightt and difficulty in handling of pre-cast pile is eliminated by prestressed concrete piles. The weight is reduced by casting 200mm to 300mm diameter fiber tubes inside the piles at the time of concreting. The pre tensioning cables are subjected to required pull (tension) in the casting bed. The fiber tube is held in position inside the form work and the piles reinforced with pre stressed cables are concreted in a row.
Concrete Piles ( contd) Prestressed Concrete Piles Prestressed concrete piles are provided with lifting hooks at 1/5th ( 0.2L, L= length of pile ) of pile length from each end. Piles length 50 times the thickness →single point pick up More than 50 times the thickness →two point pick up at 0.2L from either end. Piles 500 sq. mm and smaller→ cast solid. Piles over 500 sq. mm may be cast with 200mm to 300mm cored hole (void). Pre stressed piles are always pre- cast.
Concrete Piles ( contd) Advantages of Prestressed Concrete Piles It has greater ability to withstand extremely hard driving. It is more durable in sea water because of absence of crack. It has greater column capacity. It has lesser handling costs because of light weight. It requires lesser pick-up points. It has larger moment of inertia than the conventional piles of same dimension since the concrete is all in compression.
Composite Piles (contd) Piles of two different materials are driven one over the other, so as to enable them to act together to perform the function of a single pile. This type of composite pile is used with the object of achieving economy in the cost of piling work.
Selection of Type of Pile The nature of the ground, where piling operation is to be carried out, determines to a large extent the choice of type of pile to be used. In addition, the other important factors which must be considered in this regard are: The nature of the structure. Loading conditions. Elevation of the ground water level with respect to the pile cap. Probable length of pile required. Availability of materials and equipment. Factors which may cause deterioration of pile. Probable cost of pile.
Causes of Failure of Piles Load on the pile is more than the designed load. Defective workmanship during casting of the pile. Displacement of reinforcement during casting. Bearing pile resting on a soft strata. Improper classification of soil. Improper choice of the type of pile. Insufficient reinforcement in the pile. Decay of timber piles due to attack by insects. Buckling of piles due to inadequate lateral support. Defective method adopted for driving the pile. Incorrect assessment of the bearing capacity of the pile. Lateral forces not considered in the design of piles.
Pile Driving I. II. III. IV. By Drop Hammer. By Steam Hammer. By Water Jets (Wash Boring ). By Boring (Auger Boring).
Cof ferdams Cofferdams may be defined as a temporary structure constructed in a river or a lake or any other water bearing surface for excluding water form a given site to enable the building operation to be performed on dry surface. Cofferdams may be divided into the following category based on the materials used during construction: Earthier cofferdam. Rock fill cofferdam. Single-walled cofferdam. Double-walled cofferdam. Crib V Cellular cofferdam.(Circular or diaphragm type)
Earthen Cofferdams It essentially consists of an earthen embankment built around the area to be enclosed. It is constructed where the depth of the water is not much and the velocity of the current is very low. The top width of the embankment is not less than 1 m and the slopes vary from 1:1.5 to 1:2. The earth used to built these cofferdams is a mixture od clay and sand or clay and gravel
Rockfill Cofferdam If the depth of water to be retained by the embankment of cofferdam is of order of 1.8 to 3 m, stone or rubble is used for the embankment. The stones are assembled in a required shape and the voids ae partially fillled with earth and stone chips.
Single walled Cofferdams This type of cofferdam is used in places where the area to be enclosed is very small and he depth of water is more, say 4.5 to 6m. Timber piles known as guide piles are first driven in to the river bed. Longitudinal runners called wales are then bolted to these at suitable distance apart. Steel or wooden sheet piles are then driven into the river bed along the wales and secured to them by bolts. To increase the stability the sheets on two faces are braced by trussed arrangement of struts.
Double walled Cofferdam For cofferdams required to enclose large areas in deep waters, single-walled type becomes uneconomical as large sections of struts would be necessary to resist water, so double walled cofferdams are used. Their construction is similar except instead of one wall two walls with a gap in between is used. This can be used for waters with a depth of upto 12 m. The thickness of the water is equal to the depth of water when it is 3m, and 3m plus half the depth of water if it is more.
Crib Cofferdam In deep waters where it is difficult to insert the sheet piles or guide piles into the hard bed below, Crib cofferdam is used. A crib is a framework of horizontal timbers installed in alternate courses to form pockets which can be filled with earth and stones. The size of the crib depends on the depth of water and the velocity of water flow. The crib is constructed on ground and then floated to the water surface. Sand and other loose material overlying the impervious hard bed is dredged out and the crib sunk to the bed. The space inside the crib is filled with stone or other materials to make it stable against sliding and overturning. Timber and steel sheet piles are then driven around the crib.
Cellular Cofferdam When he height of the water is from 18 to 21 m, this type is used to dewater the large areas. They are commonly used during the construction of marine structures like dams, whares etc. They are constructed by driving straight web sheet piles arranged in form of a series of inter connected cells. Finally the cells are filled with clay to make them stable. The two common shapes of cellular cofferdams are: a) Circular type b) Diaphragm type
Caissons Caissons are water light structures made up of wood, steel or reinforced concrete, constructed in connection with excavation for foundations of bridges, piers, abutments in river and lake dock structure fore shore protection etc. The caisson remains in its pose and ultimately becomes as integral parts of the permanent structure. Caisson can be broadly classified into the following three types: Open Caisson Box Caisson (Floating Caisson) Pneumatic Caisson
Open Caissons Depending on shape they are classified in to: -Single wall open caisson: This is a box type structure with no top or bottom mainly consisting of vertical walls. -Cylindrical open caisson: This may be defined as a cylindrical shell made up of timber, masonry, steel or reinforced concrete shod with a cutting edge and which is sunk by excavating the soil within the shell. It is also known as well caisson. -Open caisson with dredging walls: This type of caisson has the distinction of being emoyed for the deepest foundation for bridge piers, abutments etc. The caisson is square or rectangular in pplan which is sub divided into smaller sections from inside forming open walls
Box Caisson It is similar to open caisson except it is closed at the bottom. Caisson is cast and cured on land and then launched in water and towed to the site for sinking. They are used where the strata of sufficient bearing capacity is available near the ground.
Pneumatic Caisson This type of caisson is closed at top and open at bottom. The water is excluded from the caisson chamber by means of compressed air. The working chamber and shafts are made air tight. In order that the workmen can work underneath the caisson and water may not find its way inside from below, the pressure of the compressd air in the shaft is just kept a little higher than the water at that depth.
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