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NHERI-SimCenter/PileGroupTool: Version 2.1

Peter Mackenzie-Helnwein; Pedro Arduino; Frank McKenna; Tatsuhiko Sweet

The official tool homepage for the PileGroupTool is here

The SimCenter Pile-Group Tool provides a dynamic interface to study the behavior of a pile or pile-group in layered soil. It allows the user to interactively (and nearly instantly) observe the system's response to changes of the following parameters:

  • soil structure (up to 3 layers of variable thickness) and soil properties
  • position of the ground water table
  • pile stiffness, embedment length, connection type to the pile cap
  • number of piles in the group (one to three piles)
  • the applied horizontal force at the pile cap (push-over analysis)

Presented results include:

  • lateral displacement of all piles
  • moment and shear diagrams for each
  • vertical soil stresses
  • ultimate strength and stiffness parameters for the employed p-y springs

New in this release:

  • Fixes a scaling bug where parameters were inaccessible on smaller displays
  • Fixes an update bug when forces or applied displacements were changed using the up/down arrows in DoubleSpinBoxes
  • Adds axis labels and units to the result plots
  • Removes the "hints" section to better work on smaller displays
  • adds a Quick Tips section and pop-up to the Help menu. This replaces and expands the removed hints section
  • minor updates to the UI
  • some minor performance updates internally.

This work is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant CMMI 1612843
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