Open Access Research Article

Optimum Bored Pile Type Selection for Collapsible Soils

Sokolov NS*

Chuvash State University, Russia

Corresponding Author

Received Date: April 09, 2021;  Published Date: May 12, 2021


The operational reliability of the constructed buildings and structures depends on the rationally accepted type of foundation. In cases of presence of structurally unstable engineering-geological elements (EGE) in foundation, the increased requirements are imposed on design and construction of foundations. For foundation beds composed of collapsible soils of natural occurrence, the main deteriorating indicators are the relative collapsibility coefficient ɛse and the initial collapsible pressure Pse. The neglect of the influence of these indicators in most cases leads to deterioration in the reliable operation of the erected structures. The article presented here gives a case from geotechnical practice, when, a timely discovered error of not taking collapsible characteristics into account, made it possible to avoid an emergency situation at a structure under construction.

Keywords: Relative collapsibility coefficient; Initial collapsible pressure; Electric-discharge technology; Bored electric discharge (EDT) piles

Abbreviations: ɛse: Relative collapsibility coefficient; Pse: Initial collapsible pressure; EDT: Electric-discharge technology


Construction of facilities on structurally unstable foundation beds requires from designers, geotechnicians and builders to have a special approach when determining a buried structure type. Piles sunk in the ground in finished form or bored piles [1÷6] are the most popular in modern geotechnical construction. Studies [7÷15] proved that the most optimal characteristics for them are the following: specific bearing capacity, which characterizes pile bearing capacity per unit of its volume q ̅=Fd/V, or specific design load q ̅’ characterizing the design load per unit of its volume q ̅’=N/V. By this indicator, bored electric discharge (EDT) piles lead among the entire range of bored piles. The work presented here reviews a case from the practice of building a multistory residential building on a foundation bed of collapsible soils of the first type. The engineering and geological structure of construction site is characterized by the spread of a Quaternary cover of various genesis (tIV, dIII-IV, рrIII, рdII-III) up to 15.2m thick on the Upper Permian sandy-clayey rocks of the Tatarian stage (P3t). A summary brief engineering-geological section up to a study depth of 25.0m (absolute elevation 116.9m) is shown in Table 1 below (Table 1).


detailed lithological description of rocks is presented in geologic-lithological columns, and the conditions of occurrence are in engineering-geological sections. Figure 1 shows a typical engineering-geological section. The hydro geological conditions of the massif under consideration are characterized by the existing natural favorable drainage conditions, which are facilitated by sufficient surface slopes for surface runoff and the adjacent ravinegully network. This groundwater level (GWL) does not affect the conditions of construction and operation. For the survey period (October 2017), groundwater was discovered at a depth of 16.8m to 22.6m, in the spot height range of 121.1-122.7m. The aquifer is free flowing. GWL is timed to the Upper Permian sandy formations Р2t. The standing water level corresponds to the appeared one. The aquifer is fed due to the infiltration of atmospheric precipitation and in the future, due to leaks from water-carrying communications. Unloading occurs generally to the north-towards the Volga and Shupashkarka river valleys, as well as into the nearest ravines and gullies adjacent to the site from the northwest and south, being at the same time the tributaries on the right of the Shupashkarka river. In the future, after the development of a micro district, the territory is potentially wetland area as a result of planned civil construction, as well as due to the widespread use of pile foundations (barrage effect). Man caused flooding will develop in the form of separate lenses and domes around emergency leaks from water-carrying utilities. According to the engineering-geological structure of the site and the lithological features of the soils, as well as according to laboratory tests, 7 engineering-geological elements (EGE) were identified. EGE No. 1-man maid soil: loam of semisolid and lowplastic consistency (tIV);

Table 1:A summary brief engineering-geological section up to a study depth of 25.0 m (absolute elevation 116.9 m).


EGE No. 2-heavy semisolid and low-plastic loam (dIII-IV); -

EGE No. 3-light loam, turning into sandy loam, loess-like, solid consistency (pr III); -

EGE No. 4-light loam, loess-like, low-plastic to high-plastic (pr III); -

EGE No. 5-light, low-plastic loam (pdII-III); -

EGE No. 6-Sand of different grains, medium density, mostly lowmoisture, up to saturated with water in the bottom (P3t); -

EGE No. 7-light clay, aleuritic, with frequent interlayers and lenses (up to 0.1m) of aleurite, mostly of solid consistency (P3t). In order to clarify the boundaries of a selected EGE, to assess their spatial homogeneity, to obtain initial data for the calculation of possible piled foundations, static sounding was performed at 9 points to a depth of 19.5m. The results are according to static sounding and charts of soil resistivity under the probe cone (qз, MPa) and soil resistivity along the lateral surface of the probe (fs, kPa). The values of resistivity (qз), averaged over the selected EGE, are shown in Table 2 (Table 2).

Table 2:The values of resistivity (qз), averaged over the selected EGE.


The soils characteristics obtained from the results of static sounding correspond to the natural state at the time of the survey. To justify the optimal type of buried structures, the С 15.30-10.1 type driven piles with a length of 15m (but experiments with sinking piles of more than 15m long do not reach the design elevation) and СР-17-30, СР-18-30, СР-20-30 type bored electric discharge (EDT) piles were used. According to the accomplished geotechnical calculations, 644 piles sunk by driving with a total molding of 9660,0 lin m (see Figure 2) or 403 electric discharge (EDT) piles with a total molding of 7120 lin m (see Figure 3) were designed in the pile field (Figures 1-3).




In terms of technical and economic indicators, the cost of electric discharge piles turned out to be lower than that of the driven piles. This is primarily due to the fact that both options involve drilling operations. In the first option, they are necessary for the device of pilot holes to facilitate pile driving, and in the second option, drilling is an obligatory element of the technological cycle. Therefore, as a technically justified option and an economically viable option, a pile field of 17.0; 18.0; 20.0-meter-long bored electric discharge (EDT) piles were accepted. The ‘Project - Experimental Site - Real Project’ interactive design principle/5/ was used at the facility. Static tests of two bored injection piles for vertical pressing load were carried out. The preparation of the base before the research was carried out in conformity with GOST 5686-2012 Soils. Field Test Methods by Piles according to technology for collapsible soils with preliminary soaking of soils around the tested piles. It should be noted that to minimize negative friction and to increase the bearing capacity of electric discharge (EDT) piles, No. 101 pile was made with two widening, and No. 25 pile with three widening. In works [4-15] it is proved that widening increases bearing capacity of bored piles. Moreover, each widening adds a 20-30% gain.

The work on testing the two electric discharge (EDT) piles, No. 101, 25, with increasing statically pressing load was carried out in accordance with GOST 5686-2012 Soils. Field Test Methods by Piles. The stages of load were imposed on the piles with a ЦС200 Г160 hydraulic jack (ЦС is Russian designation for Power Cylinder; Г is Russian designation for Hydraulic). The registration of the loads values was carried out using a standard pressure gauge of 1000 kgf/cm2 (105 kPa) with a scale division of 20 kgf/cm2 (2000 kPa). Observations of the vertical bored electric discharge (EDT) piles displacements were carried out using two dial indicators with an accuracy of 0.005mm until the conditional stabilization of deformation. The criterion for conditional stabilization of deformation is assumed to be the settlement rate of a pile at a given stage of loading, which does not exceed 0.1mm over the last hour of observation. Based on the results of control tests, the following representations were compiled: charts of the settlement dependence on load S = f(P) (see Figure 4a,4b); charts of the settlement change over time for individual stages of loads S = f(t); tables of test results. The ultimate resistance Fu to the vertical pressing load is assumed to be a load equal to or less than settlement determined by the formula: S=ζ· Su,mt, where Su,mt is the limiting value of the average settlement of the projected building or structure foundation, established according to the Code of Practice СП 22.3330.2011 Revised Edition of SNiP 2.02.01-83 Soil Bases of Buildings and Structures; ζ is the coefficient of transition from the limiting value of the building or structure average foundation settlement Su, mt to the pile settlement, obtained during static tests with conditional stabilization (fading) of settlement, equal to 0.2.


Calculated load on a pile is determined by the formula:where γк is a dependability coefficient equal to 1.2 for static tests of piles for vertical pressing load. Table 3 below shows the research results (Table 3).

Table 3:Research results.



In the complex engineering and geological conditions under consideration, in the presence of collapsible soils of the first type and significant thickness, on the basis of a technical and economic comparison of two types of buried structures, the bored electric discharge (EDT) piles with multiple widening turned out to be the most effective (Figure 4).




Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest.


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