Skip navigation
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis of Laterally Loaded Piles in Sloping Ground
Authors: Sawant, Vishwas Abhimanyu
Shukla S.K.
Published in: Indian Geotechnical Journal
Abstract: The load transfer mechanism for a laterally loaded pile is complex when it is located on the sloping ground. Though the field test is the best option for investigating the pile response for varying slope angles, it may not be cost-effective always. The computer simulation of numerical model can be an economical way to analyze the pile-soil interaction of laterally loaded piles in sloping ground. Therefore, in the present investigation, a computer program based on a three-dimensional finite element analysis is developed to evaluate the response of laterally loaded piles embedded in sloping ground. A detailed parametric study is carried out to investigate the effect of slope of the ground on the deflection and the bending moment along the pile length. The results show that the pile top displacement and bending moment in the pile increase with increasing slope angle. A comparison of the results is also made with the case of laterally loaded piles in horizontal ground, based on which a relationship is developed to predict the pile top displacement and maximum bending moment in the pile for a given slope angle using their values for the horizontal ground case. ¬© 2012 Indian Geotechnical Society.
Citation: Indian Geotechnical Journal(2012), 42(4): 278-286
Issue Date: 2012
Keywords: Bending moment
Finite element analysis
Lateral load
Sloping ground
ISSN: 9719555
Author Scopus IDs: 35607818000
Author Affiliations: Sawant, V.A., Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India
Shukla, S.K., Discipline of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA, 6027, Australia
Funding Details: Acknowledgments The first author wishes to express his sincere thanks to the Australian Government, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) for financial support through the Endeavour Award Scheme.
Corresponding Author: Sawant, V. A.; Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India; email:
Appears in Collections:Journal Publications [CE]

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
Show full item record

Items in Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.