Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering


Engineering, Civil.


Budkowska, B. B.




Laterally loaded pile is a complex system involving pile-soil interaction which is dependent on a number of parameters. The design process of laterally loaded pile is lengthy and at times obscure. This study aims at visualizing this process and relating performance of the pile to the design variables through sensitivity analysis. Short as well as long single piles, both hinged and fixed, embedded in sand, under different range of lateral static loads have been studied. Pile groups have also been studied. The behaviour of the pile is modeled by means of one dimensional beam element. The adjacent soil is simulated by means of p-y model developed by Cox, Reese and Grubbs (1974). The maximum kinematic quantities of the pile-soil system being of crucial importance according to the serviceability limit state design criteria are subjected to sensitivity analysis assessment. The performance functional that involves the maximum generalized deformations is formulated based of the virtual work principle. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2004 .A24. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-03, page: 0912. Adviser: B. B. Budkowska. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2004.