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Theory and Practice of Pile Foundations

By Wei Dong Guo

© 2012 – CRC Press

576 pages | 214 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Pile Foundations are an essential basis for many structures. It is vital that they be designed with the utmost reliability, because the cost of failure is potentially huge. Covering a whole range of design issues relating to pile design, this book presents economical and efficient design solutions and demonstrates them using real world examples. Coverage includes nonlinear response of single piles to vertical or torsional loading and to cyclic lateral loading, as well as prediction of nonlinear response of lateral pile groups, vertically loaded pile groups and the design of slope stabilising piles. Most solutions are provided as closed-form expressions.

Theory and Practice of Pile Foundations is:

  • illustrated with case studies
  • accompanied by practical applications in Excel and MathCad
  • the first book to incorporate nonlinear interaction into pile design.

A valuable resource for students of geotechnical engineering taking courses in foundations and a vital tool for engineers designing pile foundations.


"I think it is a very good book for researchers and graduate students for geotechnical engineering. The book includes the most recent theories for pile foundation, including static and cyclic loaded pile, and vertical and lateral loaded pile."

—Renpeng Chen, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

"Quite detailed review is given … Results are rather updated, and some more advanced numerical results are given. … This book can be a good text for postgraduates, as it presents more advanced concept and results to the readers."

—Y.M. Cheng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Table of Contents

Strength and Stiffness from In Situ Tests

Standard Penetration Tests (SPT)

Cone Penetration Tests

Soil Stiffness

Stiffness and Strength of Rock

Capacity of Vertically Loaded Piles


Capacity of Single Piles

Capacity of Single Piles in Rock

Negative Skin Friction

Capacity of pile groups

Mechanism and Models for Pile-Soil Interaction

Concentric Cylinder Model (CCM)

Nonlinear Concentric Cylinder Model

Time-Dependent CCM

Torque-Rotation Transfer Model

Coupled Elastic Model for Lateral Piles

Elastic-Plastic Model for Lateral Piles

Vertically Loaded Single Piles


Load Transfer Models

Overall Pile–Soil Interaction

Parametric Study

Load Settlement

Settlement Influence Factor


Capacity for Strain Softening Soil

Capacity and Cyclic Amplitude

Time-Dependent Response of Vertically Loaded Piles

Visco-Elastic Load Transfer Behavior

Visco-Elastic Consolidation

Settlement of Pile Groups


Empirical Methods

Shallow Footing Analogy

Numerical Methods

Boundary Element Approach: GASGROUP

Elastic Solutions for Laterally Loaded Piles


Overall Pile Response


Parametric Study

Subgrade Modulus and Design Charts

Pile Group Response


Laterally Loaded Rigid Piles


Elastic Plastic Solutions

Capacity and Lateral-Moment Loading Loci

Comparison with Existing Solutions

Illustrative Examples


Laterally Loaded Free-Head Piles


Solutions for Pile-Soil System

Slip Depth Versus Nonlinear Response

Calculations for Typical Piles

Comments on Use of Current Solutions

Response of Piles Under Cyclic Loading

Response of Free-Head Groups


Structural Nonlinearity and Response of Rock-Socket Piles


Solutions for Laterally Loaded Shafts

Nonlinear Structural Behavior of Shafts

Nonlinear Piles in Sand/Clay

Rock-Socketed Shafts


Laterally Loaded Pile Groups


Overall Solutions for a Single Pile

Nonlinear Response of Single Piles and Pile Groups



Design of Passive Piles


Mechanism for Passive Pile-Soil Interaction

Elastic-Plastic (EP) Solutions

pu -Based Solutions (Rigid Piles)

E-E, EP-EP Solutions (Deep Sliding–Flexible Piles)

Design Charts

Case Study


Physical Modeling on Passive Piles


Apparatus and Test Procedures

Test Results

Simple Solutions





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