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Lateral loads, Piling (Civil engineering), Soil liquefaction, Wharves -- Design and construction, Soil dynamics


Results of a centrifuge test on a pile-supported wharf were used to investigate the time-, depth-, and row-dependent nature of kinematic and inertial loading on wharf piles in sloping rockfill. P-y models were calibrated against recorded bending moments in different piles and different depths. It was found that full kinematic demands and full superstructure inertia should be combined to estimate bending moments at pile head and shallow depths (less than 10 diameters below the ground surface). On the contrary, it was found that applying full kinematic demands alone was adequate to estimate pile bending moments at large depths (greater than 10 diameters deep).


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics V. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics V.: Liquefaction Triggering, Consequences, and Mitigation, 2018. Proceeding is available online at:



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