Static pile load test – kentledge method

Duong Do “A frame is assembled over the pile to be tested on top of which an amount of weight (a minimum 110 to 120% of maximum test load) is safely stacked. This generally takes the form of concrete blocks of regular dimensions and weight although steel ingots can be used provided that their weight can be assessed with reasonable accuracy. The size of the testing apparatus is generally a function of the pile size … Read more

Aerial view of a Statnamic load test

Skfycraftmedia’s channel Aerial view of a Statnamic load test on a deep foundation. “The Statnamic is a Rapid Load Test that uses a combustion chamber to provide a rapid load application to the pile head. The length of the stress wave in these tests is sufficiently long to encompass the whole pile and therefore there is no need for complex wave equation analysis when interpreting the results. However, in common with the dynamic load test, … Read more

Dynamic load testing

These methods are based on monitoring the response of a pile subjected to hammer blows applied at the pile head. The measured response parameters are subsequently analysed to give predictions of the soil resistance that would be mobilised by the pile under static load conditions, based on stress wave theory. Text from the Handbook on Pile Load Testing, by the Federation of Piling Specialists. Shannon Theodore

Pile Testing – Papers

Handbook on Pile Load Testing Federation of Piling Specialists. “Pile load testing provides an opportunity for continuous improvement in foundation design and construction practices, while at the same time fulfilling its traditional role of design validation and routine quality control of the piling works. In order to achieve this improvement, data from pile tests has to be collected and analysed to enable the piling industry, both individually and collectively, to make the best use of … Read more