Volume 45, N. 3

July-September 2022

Contribution for a root pile installation control approach using a digital odometer


Volume 45, N. 3, July-September 2022 | PDF (22 downloads)


A root pile is a form of injection pile (cast-in-place with pressure, with very distinct construction aspects from the known micropile type). During the mortar shaft development, these piles are inserted using distinct injection pressures of up to 500 kPa. Static load tests are typically used to control root piles, which can be an expensive and time-consuming testing procedure. Static load tests were performed on eight monitored piles with diameters of 350 and 410 mm to investigate root pile performance control during pile installation. This research presents a refined and developed alternative methodology for confirming root pile performance using a digital odometer attached to the drill rig’s rotatory head. The methodology consists of monitoring variables obtained during pile installation related to pile bearing capacity. Moreover, empirical equations with simple and relevant applications to estimate root pile bearing capacity during installation are proposed. The developed equations produced results consistent with the values obtained from static load testing on the test piles. Therefore, the results suggest that the proposed methodology is a viable alternative for root pile performance control.

Keywords: Root piles, Static load testing, Bearing Capacity,

Submitted on November 14, 2021.
Final Acceptance on July 21, 2022.
Discussion open until November 30, 2022.
DOI: 10.28927/SR.2022.077121