Axial Resistance of CFA Piles in Dublin Boulder Clay

Document Type



Civil and Environmental Engineering | Geotechnical Engineering

Publication Details

Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering


This paper describes the results of static compression and tension load tests performed on three-instrumented large-diameter continuous flight auger piles installed in Dublin Boulder Clay. The piles developed very high shaft resistance and, in contrast to piles driven into Boulder Clay that exhibit friction fatigue, the shaft distribution was uniform along the pile shaft. This resulted in the normalised average shear resistance being mobilised by a bored pile exceeding that of a pile driven in similar ground conditions. In contrast, the base resistance of the test piles was significantly lower than that of a pile driven in similar ground conditions.