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Title:Cyclic Lateral Loading of a Model Pile Group in Clay Soil: Executive Summary, Phase 2C
Authors:Joseph A. Caliendo, Loren R. Anderson, Robb Eric S. Moss, and Mark A. Rawlings
University:Utah State University
Publication Date:Feb 1999
Report #:MPC-99-99C
Project #:MPC-097
TRID #:00765375
Keywords:clay soils, cyclic strength, earthquake engineering, empirical methods, foundation engineering, pile foundations, seismicity, soil mechanics


This report is part of an ongoing investigation on the response of individual piles and pile groups to various types of lateral loadings. This research has been undertaken on behalf of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC).

Phase 1 of the study, involved the design and construction of a model test facility. A model pile was designed, instrumented, and laterally loaded under monotonic conditions. The final report for Phase 1 has been completed and submitted to UDOT and the MPC.

Phase 2 of the project involved advancing results of the Phase 1 to include cyclic loading on model pile groups. This represented a significant increase in the scope of work over the previous phase and consequently was divided into sub phases. The tasks associated with Phase 2A included the design, construction, calibration, and preliminary test results for a pile group subjected to cyclic lateral loading. Phase 2B of the project involved in-depth analyses and design applications for pile groups subjected to the cyclic lateral loadings developed in the previous phase. The final reports for Phases 2A and 2B have been completed and submitted to the MPC and UDOT.

This report, Phase 2C, is an executive summary of the activity and results of Phases 2A and 2B.

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