Measured downdrag on seven coated and uncoated piles in New Orleans Conference Paper uri icon


  • A site outside of New Orleans, Louisiana was selected as part of a research effort to study the phenomenon of downdrag on bitumen-coated piles. Two steel pipe piles, two timber piles, and three prestressed, precast concrete piles were instrumented, installed and monitored. Some of the piles were coated with bitumens and some were not. The soil conditions were determined prior to pile installation by means of soil borings and cone penetrometer soundings. A surcharge layer of sand was placed on the site to facilitate settlement of the soil and the subsequent downdrag on the piles. All piles were load tested in both compression and tension, and monitored periodically throughout the test period of two years. The soil response was monitored by means of piezometers and a series of settlement points. The results of the settlement study and its effect on downdrag are presented.

published proceedings

  • Geotechnical Special Publication

author list (cited authors)

  • Bush, R. K., & Briaud, J. L.

complete list of authors

  • Bush, RK||Briaud, JL

publication date

  • January 1994