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Hang Zhou, Han Long Liu, Gangqiang Kong, Zhaohu Cao, "Analytical Solution for Stress and Displacement after X-Section Cast-in-Place Pile Installation", *Mathematical Problems in Engineering*, vol. 2013, Article ID 937421, 11 pages, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/937421

# Analytical Solution for Stress and Displacement after X-Section Cast-in-Place Pile Installation

**Academic Editor:**Yuji Liu

#### Abstract

X-section cast-in-place (referred to as XCC) pile, which is one of new pile types developed by Hohai University, is widely used for pile foundation and pile-supported embankment over soft ground in China. However, little research has been carried out on this new type pile, especially the surrounding soil disturbance under XCC pile installation. This paper presents an analytical solution for estimating the horizontal stress and displacement of surrounding soil of XCC pile after XCC pile installation. The reliability and accuracy of the present solution are verified by comparing them with the field test results. Then, parametric studies, such as outsourcing diameter , open arc distance , open arc angle , the undrained strength , the limit pile cavity pressure , and the radius of the plastic zone , are discussed for the practice engineering design. The results show that the stress and displacement distributions of surrounding soil calculated by this paper are in agreement with field test results.

#### 1. Introduction

Driven cast-in-place pile, which belongs to displacement pile type, is widely used in China [1]. Surrounding environment will be influenced by displacement pile installation obviously. If handed improperly, it will cause the uplift or subsidence of the ground and even engineering accidents. Therefore, it is essential to predict the horizontal stress and displacement induced by the pile installation. Various approaches have been used to study the horizontal stress and displacement including cavity expansion method (CEM) [2–7], strain path method (SPM) [8], and modified SPM (SSPM) [9, 10]. CEM was proposed by Bishop et al. firstly and was used to solve the metal indentation problems. Subsequently, CEM was applied to solve the geotechnical problems such as the pile penetration and the bearing capacity of deep foundation (Vesic (1972)) [2]. In this method, a cylindrical (or spherical) cavity of zero radius was assumed in soil located near the tip of pile. The pressure around the tip of a pile to cause penetration is the limit pressure required to expand the cavity from an initial radius to the radius of the pile. The limit pressure for the expansion of the cavity is a function of the shear strength and compressibility of the soil. Based on the fluid mechanics, the strain path method (SPM) was proposed by Baligh (1985) [8] and modified by Sagaseta et al. (1997) [9]. The process of the pile penetration is assumed as a steady flow of soil around the pile rather than an expansion of a cavity in soil. Although the CEM and SPM are simple and easy to use, they can only solve the axisymmetric or spherical symmetric problem. However, for the special shaped pile installation, such as XCC pile, rectangular cross-section pile (barrette), they are unavailable.

As a new immersed tube pile, XCC pile is developed by Hohai University, China [11]. The pile is formed by installation of the X cross-section steel mold which is protected by valve pile shoe or precast pile tip. The installation procedure includes immersing the tube, pouring concrete, vibratory extubation, and curing the concrete. XCC pile is one of new displacement piles, and widely used in practice engineering. However, the theoretical research are far behind the application, especially the horizontal stress and displacement induced by pile installation. In this paper, an analytical solution is provided to study the horizontal stress and displacement distribution of surrounding soil. Then, based on the Fourth Yangtze River Bridge’s north-line soft soil treatment engineering in Nanjing, the analytical solution was compared with the field test results. Finally, the geometric parameters of XCC pile (outsourcing diameter *a*, open arc distance *b*, and open arc angle * θ*), the undrained strength, and the pile hole pressurewere discussed.

#### 2. Mathematical Model

##### 2.1. Definition of the Problem and Basic Assumption

Figure 1 shows that the elastoplastic soil, which is described by the Tresca model, is under initial stress before the XCC pile installation. Then, the XCC pile installation progress is simplified as the expansion of a cavity from zero to the X-shaped cavity of the XCC pile cross-section. The soil around the pile enter into the passive limit balance state after the XCC pile installation. Thus, the X-shaped cavity internal pressure after XCC pile installation can be assumed as, where and are the soil cohesion and the internal friction angle, respectively. Additionally, the plain strain condition is assumed in the model. The Cartesian coordinates system is selected for the analysis. The origin of the coordinates is located at the center of the cavity. For the Cartesian coordinates system, the-axis and-axis are in the horizontal and vertical direction, respectively. The stress and strain are taken as positive in the positive direction of the coordinates system.

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##### 2.2. Basic Governing Equations

According to the elasticity [12], the stress around the X-shaped cavity should obey the fourth-order partial differential equation as follows:
whereis Laplace operator and *U* is stress function in the plastic zone.

The three stress components in Cartesian coordinates system,, and , around the X-shaped cavity can be determined by (1):

According to the complex variable elasticity [13–17], the stress around the X-shaped cavity can be expressed with two stress functions andas follows:where and are the first and second derivative of the function , respectively. is the first derivative of the function . and are the conjugate complex functions of theand . and are the displacement component acting in-axis and-axis directions, respectively.is the Young’s modulus of the soil.is the Poisson ratio of the soil.

For obtaining the solution to calculate the stress and displacement distributions, a conformal mapping function is provided to map the outside of the X-shaped cavity in the -plane onto the outside of the unit circle in the phase plane, namely, -plane () in Figure 2. The conformal mapping function can be expressed in a series as follows:
where *n* is integral number (in this paper, is selected for analysis and it can give enough accuracy). The constant coefficients and are real numbers and can be obtained by the iterative technique [18]. ( and are the variables in the Cartesian coordinates system, ) is complex variable. is complex variable in the phase plane, .

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Substituting the conformal mapping function (4) into (3a), (3b), and (3c) leads to the following equations:where,.

The two stress functions and are transformed as and . To solve the stress functions and , the stress boundary conditions should be considered. From Figure 2, it can be seen that the stress boundary condition can be expressed as where is the X-shaped cavity boundary curve and is the pressure at the X-shaped cavity.

By the complex elasticity [10, 11], the stress functionsandcan be written as follows:whereandare the composite surface force inanddirection on the X-shaped cavity boundary, respectively. One has (and are the principal stress at infinity) and ( is the angle between the principal stressand* ox*-axis).

From the mechanics model in Figure 2, the following equations are established:

Additionally, the two stress functions and can be expressed as the series:where and are the coefficients of the complex functions and . They can be determined by the boundary conditions.

Thus (7a) and (7b) can be simplified by substituting (8a), (8b), (8c), (9a), and (9b) into (7a) and (7b) as

Then, (10a) and (10b) are substituted into the stress boundary condition (6), and (6) can be transformed as follows: where,.

Equations (10a) and (10b) are conjugated at both sides:

Equations (10a), (10b), and (11) are multiplied byand integrated along the cavity boundaryat both sides:

According to the principle of the series expansion, the terms ofcan be expressed as follows:

Equation (4) is substituted into (14) and can be written in matrix form as follows: where

After the coefficients and are determined by solving (15), substituting the expression ofinto (13a), the equation for calculating the coefficients of the stress functions can be obtained as follows:
whereis the conjugate matrix of *M*, andis *n*-dimension unit matrix.

Similarly, the coefficientof the stress functioncan be calculated like. Thus, the stress functions andare completely determined, and the horizontal stress change and displacement are obtained by solving (5a), (5b), and (5c).

##### 2.3. Elastoplastic Boundary (EP Boundary)

Normally, the surrounding soil will enter into plastic stage after XCC pile installation and lead to a formation of a plastic zone around the X-shaped cavity wall. Therefore an elastoplastic analysis is necessary. The nonaxisymmetric problem in the original plane can be transformed into axisymmetric problem in the phase plane by the conformal mapping technique. Thus, it can be easily processed in the phase plane for the axisymmetric characteristics. Considering an element at a radial distance from the center of the cavity, the equation of equilibrium in the phase plane can be expressed as follows: where andare radial and circumference stress increment, respectively andis the radial position of the soil particle.

Note that the Tresca yield criteria has the following form whereis the undrained strength of the soil.

The stress boundary conditions in the phase plane are

Combining (19), (20), and the stress boundary conditions, the stress in the plastic zone can be obtained:

In the elastic zone, the stress can be written as whereis the stress redistribution coefficient in the elastic zone.

At the EP boundary, the stress in the elastic zone should also obey the Tresca yield criteria. Thus, the stress redistribution coefficient in the elastic zone can be expressed as follows by substituting (23a) and (23b) into (22a) and (22b):whereis the radius of the plastic zone in the phase plane.

At the EP boundary, the stress in the plastic zone should be equal to that in the elastic zone. Therefore, combining (22a), (22b) and (24a), (24b) the relationship of the pressure-plastic zone radius can be expressed as follows:

Substituting the limit cavity pressureinto (25), the radius of the plastic zone in * ξ*-plane after the XCC pile installation can be obtained as follows:

The radius of the plastic zone in the physical plane can be obtained by combining (4) and (25): where the plastic zoneis the function of the polar angle.

According to the above analysis, EP boundary is circle curve with radius equal to in the phase plane. The real EP boundary in the physical plane is not circular curve and it can be calculated by (27). However, the EP boundary in the physical plane is closed to circular curve far away from the X-shaped cavity from (27). Therefore, the radius of the plastic zone can be assumed as follows: whereis the maximum radius of the plastic zone in the physical plane.

##### 2.4. The Horizontal Stress and Displacement Solutions in the Elastic Zone

After the soil around the cavity wall enters yield state, the stress in the elastic zone has a redistribution effect and the stress in the elastic zone cannot be calculated by the elastic analysis directly. However, the stress redistribution effect can be considered by introducing a coefficient into the elastic analysis. In other words, the new stress functions and instead of and are introduced into the governing equations. Thus the governing equations (5a), (5b), and (5c) of the elastic zone can be expressed as

Under the undrained condition, the volume change of the X-shaped cavity induced by the XCC pile installation is equivalent to the change in position of the EP boundary. The mathematical relation can be expressed as follows: where is the area of X-shaped cavity, is the radius of the plastic zone, and is the radial displacement at the EP boundary.

The is higher order driblet and can be ignored and thus (28) can be expressed as

The stress redistribution factor can be obtained by solving the coupled equations (28), (29c), and (31); then the new stress functions and can be obtained. Substituting the new stress functions into the governing equation of the elastic zone (29a), (29b), and (29c), the horizontal stress and displacement in the elastic zone can be determined.

#### 3. Verification

##### 3.1. Engineering Description

The Fourth Yangtze River Bridge’s north-line soft soil treatment field is located in Nanjing, China. The total length of the soft ground improvement engineering is 29.0 km. Physical-mechanical properties of soils on site are shown in Table 1. The form of plum-shaped layout is carried out in the engineering. The pile spacing and length are 2.2 m and 12 m, respectively. The three parameters of the XCC pile cross-section the outsourcing diameter (parameter *a*), the open arc distance (parameter *b*), and the open arc angle (parameter * θ*) are 611 mm, 120 mm, and 130°, respectively (see Figure 3).

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Notes: h: the thickness of the soil layer; w: the moisture content; : the bulk density; : the Poisson ratio; : the compression modulus; υe: the void ratio; c: the cohesion; : the internal friction angle.φ |

The arrangement of the test equipment and measuring points are shown in Figure 4. The location of the test instrument is concluded as follows. Inclinometer tubes were buried at the distance from the XCC pile center: 1 m, 2 m, and 3.5 m, respectively. Pore water pressure gauges were buried at the depth of 6 m and 9 m, and the distances from the pile center equal 1 m, 2 m, and 3.5 m, respectively. (3) Earth pressure cells were buried at the depth of 3 m and 6 m, and the distances from the pile center equal 1 m, 2 m, and 3.5 m, respectively.

##### 3.2. Comparison on the Theoretical Calculated Results with Field Test Results

The radial stress and displacement at the depth of 3 meters are selected for comparison, which are shown in Figure 5. The radial stress and displacement are plotted against the normalized radius, *r*/*R*, where the variableis the radial position andis the radius of the outsourcing round of XCC pile cross-section. The stress and displacement of soil around the XCC pile calculated by this study are similar to those of the measured results on site. Therefore, this study can simulate the stress and displacement induced by XCC pile installation well. Additionally, the stress and radial displacement decrease rapidly with the distance from the pile center. The radius of the influence zone induced by the XCC pile installation is about 12 *R*.

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Figure 5 also gives the comparison between the XCC pile, the circular pile A (the same area with XCC pile cross-section), and the circular pile B (outsourcing round of XCC pile cross-section). The results show that the displacements for circular pile B, which is calculated by cylindrical cavity expansion method (CEM), are larger than those of the circular pile A and XCC pile. Additionally, the displacement of circular pile A and that of XCC pile are almost the same. In other words, the area of the pile cross-section governs the displacement induced by the pile installation. Therefore, it is reasonable to calculate displacement caused by XCC pile installation with circular pile A instead of XCC pile. As shown in Figure 5(b), the stress of circular pile B is also larger than those of the circular pile A and XCC pile. However, the stress of circular pile A and XCC pile is different which means the stress is related to the pile cross-section. Thus, it is not accurate to calculate the stress or excess pore pressure with circular pile A instead of XCC pile. When it refers to the stress or excess pore pressure, this study should be used.

#### 4. Parametric Studies

In order to provide engineers and researchers with calculation charts and tables for estimating horizontal stress, displacements, and the radius of the plastic zone induced by XCC pile installation, a parametric study is carried out. The stress, displacement, and the radius of the plastic zone have many influence factors. This paper focus on the factors of outsourcing diameter, open arc distance, open arc angle, the pile hole pressure, and the undrained strength. The stress, displacement along-axis in the elastic zone, and the radius of the plastic zone are analyzed. The Young’s modulus of the soil is selected for 5 MPa and the Poisson’s ratio is 0.3. The influence characteristics of the parameters on the stress, displacement of the soil around the pile, and the radius of the plastic zone are obtained by the parametric study.

##### 4.1. The Radius of the Plastic Zone Analysis

From (26) and (28), the radius of the plastic zone is the function of the ratio of the limit pressure, the undrained strength, and the parameters of the XCC pile cross-section (the outsourcing diameter, the open arc angle, and the open distance). Thus, the four parameters are selected for the parametric studies.

The plastic zone radiusis plotted against the variable ofwith different parameters of the XCC pile cross-section in Figure 6. As shown in Figures 6(a), 6(b), and 6(c), the higherdevelops the larger plastic zone radius. From Figure 6(a), it can be seen that the outsourcing diameterincreases with the increasing plastic zone radius , provided that all other factors are held constants. With the variable ofrange from 500 mm to 1000 mm, it is found that the increasing amplitude of theincreases with the increasing, provided that the variables ofand * θ* are constant. Figure 6(b) shows that the open arc distancehas similar characteristics as the outsourcing diameter. Figure 6(c) shows that the open arc angle reduces with the increasing plastic zone radius . However, the plastic zone radius is not sensitive to the open arc distanceand open arc angle

*. In all, the outsourcing diameteris the most obvious influence parameter of the radius of the plastic zone among the three geometric parameters of XCC pile cross-section.*

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##### 4.2. Stress and Displacement Distribution Analysis

Based on the three geometric parameters of the XCC pile cross-section and the undrained strength, the influence characteristics of the stress changes and displacement in the elastic zone are obtained. The limit pressureis assumed to be 10 kPa.

As shown in Figure 7, with the outsourcing diameter range from 330 mm to 730 mm, the radial displacement increases with the increasing outsourcing diameterin the elastic zone, provided that all other factors are held constant. However, the stresses do not almost change. It can be concluded that the outsourcing diameter has little influence on the horizontal stress in the elastic zone. It can be seen that the radius of stress influence zone is about 17 , which is less than that of the stress influence zone (more than 17 ) by comparing Figure 7(a) with Figure 7(b). From Figures 8 and 9, it can be observed that both of the open arc distance and open arc angle have little influence on the horizontal stress and displacement.

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Figure 10(a) shows that the stress increased with the increasing of undrained strength in the elastic zone. From Figure 10(b), it can be seen that the larger the undrained strength is, the larger the displacement will be. It is because the radius of the plastic zone reduces with the increasing . However, the volume of the plastic zone is constant under Tresca condition, and the volume change induced by the XCC pile installation can only be manifested in the elastic zone. Thus, the volume change in the elastic zone increases with the reducing and the displacement in the elastic zone will increase.

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#### 5. Conclusions

An analytical solution considering the pile cross-section shape for the horizontal stress and displacement of the soil around the XCC pile after installation is presented in this study. An elastoplastic model for calculating the horizontal stress and displacement is established by complex variables. Some main results can be concluded as follows.(1)Compared with the data of the field test, it can be seen that the elastoplastic model calculation results on the horizontal stress and displacement of the soil around the XCC pile after installation are in agreement with those of field results. A theoretical method for studying the special shaped piles installation is provided in this paper.(2)The radius of the plastic zone caused by the XCC pile installation can be calculated conveniently by this study. Theincreased with the increasing of, outsourcing diameter, and open arc distancewhile it decreases with the increasing of open arc distance * θ*. The outsourcing diameteris the most obvious influence parameter of the radius of the plastic zone among the three geometric parameters (

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*b*, and

*) of XCC pile cross-section.(3)The radial displacement increases with the increasing of outsourcing diameterin the elastic zone, and the outsourcing diameterhas little influence on the horizontal stress in the elastic zone. The stress and displacement increased with the increasing of undrained strengthobviously in the elastic zone. Both of the open arc distanceand the open arc angle*

*θ**have little influence on the horizontal stress and displacement. The extent of the displacement influence zone is larger than that of the stress influence zone.*

*θ*#### Acknowledgments

The authors wish to thank the National Science Foundation of China (nos. 51278170 and U1134207), Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in Hohai University (no. IRT1125), and 111 Project (no. B13024) for financial support.

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