SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1979

A Rational Procedure for Evaluating the Behavior of Impact-Driven Piles


A numerical solution has been developed using a finite difference formulation to simulate the one-dimensional impact wave propagation behavior and subsequent static load test performance. Based on this solution, the importance of residual driving stresses in properly interpreting pile behavior under axial loads is examined. This paper (1) briefly describes the analytical procedure developed by the authors to incorporate residual stresses explicitly, (2) applies the procedure to a documented pile load test to demonstrate the concepts developed, (3) examines the consequences of ignoring residual driving stresses in interpreting/predicting pile behavior under axial loads, and (4) demonstrates the influence of various parameters on the predicted pile performance.

Author Information

Holloway, DM
Woodward-Clyde Consultants, San Francisco, Calif.
Clough, GW
Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
Vesic, AS
School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
Price: $25.00
Contact Sales
Reprints and Permissions
Reprints and copyright permissions can be requested through the
Copyright Clearance Center
Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 335–357
DOI: 10.1520/STP33738S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4740-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0291-0