Publication Abstract

Proceedings - Fifth International Conference & Exhibition on Piling and Deep Foundations, 1994, Bruges, Belgium, (DFI)

Prediction and control of vibrations due to pile driving and sheet pile vibration
P.H. Waarts & M.W. Bielefeld

Pile driving in urban areas often causes annoying vibrations. Sometimes, even the risk of structural damage due to vibrations exists. For a proper risk assessment regarding the potential damage due to pile driving vibrations, a prediction method for the vibration levels is necessary. This paper presents a theoretical method. The source model is based on the pile driving prediction program TNOWAVE and the transmission of waves through the soil based on a FEM model. The method is meant to be used in case a minimum of information of the subsoil is available. The type of pile and hammer and the results of a CPT-test are necessary to make a prediction of the vibration level. A case study is presented, showing the results of both predictions and measurements. Comparison of predicted and measured vibration levels, indicate reasonably good results, considering the small amount of information used.

 article #798; publication #36 (IC-1994)