Seismic response of a pile-supported excavation on Santiago gravelRevista : Proceedings of 15 World Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Tipo de publicación : Conferencia No DCC
Non-secant anchored piling support is one of the most frequent earth-retaining systems for temporary deep excavations in Santiago, Chile. The main advantages of using non-secant piling support are their relatively low cost and ease of installation. This system is particularly efficient on stiff soils with deep groundwater table, conditions usually found in Santiago, Chile. This paper presents the results of a numerical investigation aimed to study the characteristics of earthquake-induced lateral pressures on a recently built pile-supported excavation in Santiago. The estimated static deformations of the piles (including the so-called arching effect) were compared against some measurements performed during the excavation.The dynamic pressures, and their influence on the piles internal forces, were evaluated using a synthetic Ricker wavelet in the numerical FE model. These results were then compared against some simplified design recommendations.