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Keywords : Ultimate Load

Effect of Relative Density on Behavior of Single Pile and Piles Groups Embedded with Different Lengths in Sand

Falah. H. Rahil; Mohammed. A. Al-Neami; Kather Abdullah Naji Al-Zaho

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2016, Volume 34, Issue 6, Pages 1206-1220

The present research investigates the effect of axial relative density on the ultimate load of model piles with different lengths driven in dry sandy soil having small scale model piles.
The materials used in this study are divided into three parts they are; sandy soil, steel piles and aluminum pile caps.A total number of 27 model tests are carried out using three relative densities (33%, 60%, and 80%) corresponding to loose, medium and dense sand, respectively.
A square section steel solid model piles are used with 18 mm width and (320, 420, 520) mm embedded length (Ld). A 6B distance between the piles center to center is selected to eliminate the effect of group interaction.
Two pile groups' configuration (1×2) and (2 × 2) are considered in this study connected by aluminum caps with smooth surface having a thickness of 25 mm.
The load applied on the models is measured by a pressure transducer connected to the main line of the hydraulic pressure system and applying up to failure. During all the experimental tests, the loading rate is kept at 3 mm/min.
It was founded that relative density has more impact on (2×2) pile group than on (1×2) pile group and single pile. The average rate of increase in the ultimate load from loose to medium is about 15% greater than the average rate of increase from medium to dense. Also, the ultimate load of pile increased about 96% with changing the sand density from loose to medium sand for single and piles group while the average increment is about 81% from medium to dense. The increase in embedded length of pile caused increasing the ultimate load capacity and decreasing the settlement ratio. The average rate of increase in the ultimate load when the embeddedlength changes from 32 cm to 42 cm is about 4% less than the average rate of increase when the embedded length changes from 42 cm to 52 cm. Also, use of (1×2) piles group instead of a single pile, the average rate of increase is about 6% less than the average rate of increase when change from (1×2) group to (2×2) pile group.
Finally, when the number of piles changes from single pile to (1×2) piles group, and to (2×2) piles group, the average of increase of ultimate load is about 102.5% and 108.5% respectively.

Behavior of Reinforced RPC Beams Strengthened by External CFRP in Flexure

Kaiss F. Sarsam; Raid I. Khalel; Falah Jarass Aied

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2015, Volume 33, Issue 7, Pages 1537-1554

This study is an attempt to provide experimental test data for reactive powder concrete (RPC) beams strengthened by externally bonded carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) in flexure.
The mixing procedure used in this work presents a successful wayto produce RPC with a (cylinder 100 x 200 mm) compressive strength exceeding 110 MPa using heat curing.
Seven singly reinforced RPC beams were investigated, one was the control beam (no CFRP was applied) and six were externally strengthened by CFRP. All beams were of the same cross section, length, internal reinforcement, and of the same concrete mix design and were cured in the same way. The experimental variables considered in the test program include, number of CFRP strip layers (1 layer or 2 layers) and the width of CFRP strip, with and without using external anchorages. The experimental results showed that the ultimate loads are increased up to 64.29 % for the beams strengthened with bonded CFRP sheets and external anchorage with respect to the unstrengthened reinforced concrete beam (control beam). Also, these strengthened beams showed an increase in the first cracking load up to 100 %.On the other hand, there is a lower deflection at corresponding loads than the unstrengthened reinforced concrete beam.