Evaluation of Lateral Pile Resistance Near MSE Walls at a Dedicated Wall Site

The objectives for this study include the following, all aimed at improving the understanding of pile-mechanically stablized earth (MSE) wall interaction: (1) Measure reduced lateral pile resistance vs. displacement curves for circular, square, and H piles behind a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall with steel strips and grid reinforcement. (2) Measure the increase and distribution of tensile force in the MSE reinforcement induced by lateral pile loading. (3) Measure effect of special pile head geometry (e.g. corrugated pipe sleeves, double plastic sheeting) on lateral pile resistance. (4) Develop design rules (e.g. p-multipliers) to account for reduced pile resistance as a function of spacing and reinforcement. (5) Develop equation to predict reinforcement force induced by pile loading. (6) Develop design equations to account for pile shape and pile head geometry.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    10 Park Plaza
    Boston, MA  United States  02116

    Florida Department of Transportation

    605 Suwannee Street
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32399-0450

    New York State Department of Transportation

    50 Wolf Road
    Albany, NY  United States  12232

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    4802 Sheboygan Avenue
    Madison, WI  United States  53707

    Utah Department of Transportation

    4501 South 2700 West
    Project Development
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483

    Oregon Department of Transportation

    555 13th Street NE
    Salem, OR  United States  97301

    Montana Department of Transportation

    2701 Prospect Avenue
    P.O. Box 201001
    Helena, MT  United States  59620-1001

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155

    Kansas Department of Transportation

    Eisenhower State Office Building
    700 SW Harrison Street
    Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Project Managers:

    Stevens, David

  • Performing Organizations:

    Brigham Young University

    Provo, UT  United States  84602-4081
  • Principal Investigators:

    Rollins, Kyle

  • Start Date: 20131202
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 42032

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01573314
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Contract Numbers: 14-8434, TPF-5(272)
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2015 1:01AM