Thermally Induced Long-Term Displacement of Thermoactive Piles

by Pasten, Cesar, J. Carlos Santamarina
Year: 2014


Pasten, Cesar, and J. Carlos Santamarina. (2014), "Thermally Induced Long-Term Displacement of Thermoactive Piles." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 140.5


The long-term displacement of thermoactive piles subjected to static load and thermal cycles is analyzed using the numerical solution of the one-dimensional load-transfer method modified to account for thermoelastic effects. Numerical results show that thermal cycles cause changes in load transfer and may lead to gradual plastic displacement accumulation due to the mobilization of side shear resistance with the number of thermal cycles. Displacement accumulation depends on the static factor of safety, the amplitude of the thermal cycles, and the ratio between the shaft resistance and the ultimate pile capacity.


Thermoactive piles Shakedown thermal cycles Pile-soil interaction