Recent efforts have been aimed at designing and constructing a new instrumented suction pile with the capability to measure pore pressures and load transfer both inside and out side the model pile. Electronic bonded strain gages have been selected as the means to measure side shear on the model pile, and electronic pressure transducers will measure pore water pressures around the pile. Construction procedures have been developed to implement the new design.
This thesis consists of six chapters. Chapter two is about the model suction pile design, chapter three is about construction methods, chapter four is on the calibration of the model pile, chapter five is the presentation of load test data, and chapter six contains the conclusions.