SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1991

Design, Construction and Testing of Sand Compaction Piles


Sand compaction piles can be used to improve marginal sites for stability, liquefaction, and settlement applications. They have been employed extensively in Japan for many years to improve land reclaimed from the sea. The advantages and disadvantages of using sand compaction piles are compared with other vibro-compaction techniques such as stone columns. Methods are described for construction of sand compaction piles on land and over water. Design theories are summarized for the utilization of sand compaction piles at sites underlain by both cohesionless and cohesive soils. Practices and design criteria are presented.

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Barksdale, RD
Takefumi, T
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Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 4–18
DOI: 10.1520/STP25047S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5161-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1392-3