Thick plate analysis with application to pile cap design

Yung Ming Cheng, Y. H. Zhang

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The thick plate is commonly used for the pile cap and the transfer plate, and a proper analysis of it can greatly affect the cost of the thick plate. In actual practice, soft support condition is sometimes adopted by engineers for modeling of thick plates. In this paper, the limitations of soft support in the determination of deflection and bending moment with very thick plates are studied. The distribution of superstructure loadings to pile caps and piles is also carefully investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1006
Number of pages6
JournalYanshilixue Yu Gongcheng Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2004


  • Pile cap
  • Soft support
  • Thick plate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geology


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