Enhancing the performance of boundary footing of a renovated building using micropiles: Numerical and Site Visual Assessment
- Authors: Duc Van Bui 1*, Manh Van Nguyen 1, Nhan Thi Pham 1, Thang Anh Bui 1, Trong Dang Nguyen 1, Piotr Osinski 2, Benedic Tatiana 3
1 Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Hanoi, Vietnam
2 Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
3 Polytech Grenoble, Grenoble, France
- Keywords: Bearing Capacity Ratio, Boundary Footing, Ground Improvement, Micropiles, Numerical Analyses.
- Received: 5th-May-2022
- Revised: 21st-Aug-2022
- Accepted: 11st-Sept-2022
- Online: 31st-Dec-2022
- Section: Civil Engineering
Reconstruction and building extensions have become popular trends, even being recognized as one of the most appropriate options for homes, especially in high population density areas or crowded cities. Due to the changes in the size of buildings (by applying additional loads), the existing foundations themselves are incapable of resisting extra stresses. Therefore, it is imperative to increase the bearing capacity as well as the overall stability of existing foundations. The paper aims to present a numerical case study on the use of micropile elements for enhancing the performance of the boundary footing of a renovated building in terms of bearing capacity and stability. Moreover, the effect of cohesionless soil types on the bearing capacity of boundary foundations was presented. Numerically calculated results show that the stability of the boundary footing, presented in terms of the safety factor, was increased as strengthened by micropiles. The bearing capacity ratio (BCR) of the boundary footing was significantly improved when the relative distance (S) between the micropile and the boundary footing decreased, and the length of micropiles (L) increased; however, the BCR rose as the micropile’s angle (() with respect to the vertical increase. In other words, the performance of the foundation underneath the boundary footing was significantly affected by some micropile parameters, including length, inclination, and the distance between the micropile and the boundary footing. These crucial factors must be carefully examined during the design of the micropiles’ configuration for strengthening the boundary footing. Lastly, the load-carrying capacity improvement of the loose sand using micropiles was found to be more significant than that of denser ones.
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