|Critical review of the Hypervib1 model to assess pile vibro-drivability|
In: Geotechnical and Geological Engineering. Springer: Dordrecht. ISSN 0960-3182
Vibratory; Driving; Prediction; Fullscale tests; Modeling
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The vibratory driving technique is used for driving piles, sheet piles, tubes and rods into the ground by imparting to the element a longitudinal periodic motion. The small amplitude vibrations induced by the equipment reduce the ground resistance which allows penetration under the action of a relatively small axial force. The technique offers an alternative to impact driving due to lower installation costs and reduced environmental disturbance (noise, vibration, etc.) especially in sensitive environments, such as industrial and urban sites or offshore wind farm sites. The vibratory technique is also preferred when the maximum stress levels imparted to the driven element are of concern. Despite the advantages of the vibratory driving technique, its application remains however mainly driven by pragmatic aspects. Within that context, the access to experience databases and full-scale field test results is of valuable interest. The aim of this paper is to review the Hypervib1 model developed by (Holeyman 1993) for assessing the vibratory drivability of piles and sheet piles, based on the analysis of such experimental results. New findings and developments brought to the model are discussed. Conclusions in terms of reliability of the method are finally drawn.