Publication Abstract

Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, 2005, Chicago, Illinois, USA, (DFI)

Recent Advances in Quiet & Vibration-less Steel Pile Installation
R.K. Filip BEng, MSc, DIC, CEng, MICE

Steel bearing piles have long been used to carry high compressive, tensile and lateral loads. Such piles are most commonly tubular or H profile and are typically installed using percussive techniques. The noise and vibration associated with such installation techniques tends to preclude the use of steel bearing piles in urban and other sensitive areas. This paper describes the design and construction of an innovative new road bridge in Milton Keynes, UK. The steel bearing piles were required to continue out of the ground to from the bridge columns and abutments and then be cast directly into the soffit of the reinforced concrete bridge deck. This project was to be the first time in the UK, that this form of bridge design had been used. The paper shows how new installation techniques allowed the designers of use these high capacity steel elements in a sensitive urban environment without the use of percussive or vibratory installation techniques. Finally the paper shows how these quiet and vibration-less installation techniques can be extended to other applications.

 article #244; publication #72 (AM-2005)