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A simplified numerical approach to the evaluation of residual shaft friction induced by concrete curing in drilled shafts on granular soils


Medium: journal article
Language(s): English
Published in: Revista IBRACON de Estruturas e Materiais, , n. 5, v. 13
DOI: 10.1590/s1983-41952020000500005

Conventional interpretation procedures of load tests on instrumented piles rely upon measurements of strains that assume as zero for strains measured at the instant immediately before starting the test as reference configuration. However, some experimental evidence shows that concrete in drilled shafts undergoes strains induced by the curing process comparable in magnitude to the strains measured during the load tests. It is therefore expected that mobilization of shaft friction takes place before the load test. Several authors have performed experimental and numerical analyses aiming to quantify the influence of those pre-load test concrete volumetric strains on the measured bearing capacity using different approaches. The present work aimed to establish a reference framework for the existing and future works on this topic. In order to assess the influence of concrete strains induced by curing process on the shaft friction before the start of the load tests in drilled shafts, several finite element numerical simulations are performed, considering the thermal, autogenous and drying strains. The analyses consider concrete as an isotropic linear-elastic material and the soil as an elastic-plastic material using the Mohr-Coulomb constitutive model natively implemented in the software ABAQUS. The results are interpreted focusing on the relevancy on the bearing capacity and load distribution along drilled shafts considering or not the strains induced by concrete curing.


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