Published September 20, 2022 | Version v1
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Residual stress measurement of driven precast piles using distributed fibre optic sensors

  • 1. Delft University of technology
  • 2. Deltares


Stresses generated from pile installation are a critical component in understanding pile behaviour. These are known as
residual stresses and in Delft, the Netherlands, the response of three driven precast piles founded in sand was measured
using distributed fibre optic sensing as part of a series of full-scale static load tests. The instrumentation set-up and
analysis is discussed in this paper, highlighting the uncertainties with developing an appropriate residual stress
distribution and in particular, how instrumentation selection, positioning and calibration can influence the
interpretation of the residual stress profiles. The resulting profiles shows a substantial development of residual stress
in the pile, an important consideration to take into account when preparing and analysing full-scale load tests on driven
precast piles.



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