Volume 38, N. 1, January-April 2015 | PDF(2 downloads)
The behavior of experimental pile groups is simulated by 3-D finite element modeling in this paper. The modeled results are compared to small-scale tests in a row of three closely spaced piles in the London clay. The tests aimed at investigating soil-pile-cap interaction and pile-group effect. It is shown that 3-D FE modeling can be regarded as an appropriate tool to predict settlements and load-transfer mechanisms in pile groups under working conditions, with a satisfactory match between simulated and measured results.