foundation system of burj al arab

Design of Pile Cap for Concentric Loading

A pile cap have to be supported a 18”X18” column which is subjected to live load=170 kips and dead load=160 kips under service loading. The column is reinforced with longitudinal bars of 12 No. 7 bars. Consider fy=60 Ksi and f’C =3 Ksi. The diameter of pile is 12”. The ultimate pile capacity=70 kip/pile and service load capacity=42 kip/pile as conformed by testing.


Complete pile cap design will be illustrated here; except superimposed load weight of pile cap also exerts some load on piles. Lets consider cap weight exerts 3 kips load on each pile.

Thus net service load = (42-3) kips/pile

=39 kip/pile

Total unfactored load= (170 + 160) kips

=330 kips

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