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Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Loren R. Anderson


The purpose of this thesis is to interpret pile load test data for several instrumented piles to determine the load transfer characteristics of driven piles in soft so ils. Piles develop resistance to axial loads through two different mechanisms, side friction and end bearing. The rate that resistance develops is dependent upon soil type , pile type, and movement of the pile with respect to the soil. This thesis addresses load transfer for driven pipe piles in deep lacustrine deposits along the Wasatch Front area of Utah. The piles used in this study were installed for the support of highway structures in the Salt Lake City area. The information used in this study was obtained from the Utah Department of Transportation. Suggestions for pile capacity prediction are included as part of this study.