Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Budkowska, B. B.


Engineering, Civil.




An intensive parametric study program was undertaken to investigate the nature of variation of end bearing and side friction contributions of driven piles with respect to the estimated Davisson pile capacity and total ultimate pile capacity. Both concrete (having square and circular cross sections) and steel piles (H-pile and pipe-pile) were investigated. Typical Florida soil types have been examined in this study, considering the soil properties in terms of standard penetration resistance. The main analytical tool for the present research program was the SPT 97 computer program, developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) USA. Four major typical Florida types of soil have been compared with the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS), based on the soil descriptions, for the purpose of generalizing the results obtained from the present research work. In the second stage of this research program, total 16 design charts have been developed for the purpose of predicting the total ultimate pile capacity for a particular pile when embedded in a particular category of homogeneous soil deposit. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .S25. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0554. Adviser: B. B. Budkowska. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.