Geo-structural nonlinear analysis of piles for infrastructure design

  • M. Hesham El NaggarEmail author


Pile foundations are utilized to support a variety of important infrastructure that are subjected to static and/or dynamic lateral loads due to lateral earth pressure, vessel impacts, traffic, waves, wind, and earthquakes. The pile lateral behavior under extreme lateral loading is governed by two main factors: the interaction between the pile and surrounding soil and the material inelasticity of the pile itself. This presentation covers the state of the art of modeling the nonlinear response of piles. In addition, it describes the recent development of an efficient and robust approach for the analysis of piles based on the beam on nonlinear Winkler (BNWF). In this work, a general cyclic BNWF model is developed to account for the important features of soil–pile-interaction problem including lateral load characteristics, soil cave-in, soil–pile side shear, gap formation, and strength and stiffness hardening/degradation. The inelastic behavior of pile material is also modeled effectively by implementing the advanced fiber technique. The capability of the developed model in predicting the response of piles under lateral static, cyclic and seismic loading is validated by comparing the computed results with experimental data.


Piles Performance based design Nonlinear Lateral response Bridge foundations Extended shafts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western UniversityLondonCanada

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