Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. L. Sebastian Bryson


Large diameter piles are widely used as foundations to support buildings, bridges, and other structures. As a result, it is critical for the field to have an optimized approach for quality control and efficiency purposes to measure the suggested number of load tests and the required measured capacities driven piles. In this thesis, an analysis of a load test program designed for proposed bridge replacements at Kentucky Lake is performed. It includes a detailed site exploration study with in-situ and laboratory testing. The pile load test program included monitoring of a steel H-pile and steel open ended pipe pile during driving and static loading. The pile load test program included static and dynamic testing at both pile testing locations. Predictions of both pile capacities were estimated using commonly applied failure criterion, and a load transfer analysis was carried out on the dynamic and static test data for both piles. The dynamic tests were then compared to the measured data from the static test to examine the accuracy. This thesis concludes by constructing t-z and q-z curves and comparing the load transfer analyses of the static and dynamic tests.

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