DFI Journal - The Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute

Volume 10, Issue 3, January 2016
DOI: 10.1080/19375247.2017.1288855

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Analysis of Ground Vibrations Induced by Pile Driving and a Comparison of Vibration Prediction Methods
Article Type: Research Paper

Cleary, J. C. & Steward, E. J.


"A project was conducted to collect ground vibration data while driving three piles, one square concrete pile and two steel H-piles, in Mobile, AL. The vibration data were analysed in several ways to quantify the vibration magnitudes including using the horizontal distance, the scaled distance approach and the seismic distance (SD). For each analysis, two prediction equations were fit to the data, one for the concrete pile and one for the H-piles. In each case, the soil attenuation parameter was larger for the concrete pile (1.6 for horizontal and scaled-distance, and 2.11 for SD) than the H-piles (0.93 for horizontal and scaled-distance, and 1.01 for SD). An example design is presented to outline the use of each method and compare the results. The example provides practitioners with a guideline to follow when evaluating which analysis procedures to consider for a specific project."

pile driving, construction vibrations, vibration prediction, scaled-distance, seismic distance, peak particle velocity, PPV