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INNOVATION IN CIVIL AND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING
Edited by: M.B. Leeming and B.H.V. Topping
The Evaluation of Safety in Geotechnics According to Probabilistic Approaches. The Bearing Capacity of Piles
C. Cherubini*, L. Cucchiararo*, G.I. Giasi*, G.V. Ariani# and F. Falconetti**
*Institute of Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
C. Cherubini, L. Cucchiararo, G.I. Giasi, G.V. Ariani, F. Falconetti, "The Evaluation of Safety in Geotechnics According to Probabilistic Approaches. The Bearing Capacity of Piles", in M.B. Leeming, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Innovation in Civil and Construction Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 265-269, 1997. doi:10.4203/ccp.49.11.5
The Allowable Bearing Capacity of piles is generally evaluated of a deterministic approach based on "Safety Factors" applied to ultimate Base and Shaft bearing capacity. Semiprobabilistic approaches are used in several Codes and in Eurocode 7. At the moment the probabilistic approach is used only in the area of Research.
Examples of the Reliability Index evaluation with respect to the bearing capacity of piles are presented in this paper. The influence of pile length upon reliability is highlighted.
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