Can battered (inclined, raked) piles be dynamically tested with the Pile Driving Analyzer® (PDA-8G)? What is the difference in the procedure compared with vertical piles?
The PDA-8G can be used to dynamically test battered (inclined, raked) piles. In terms of procedure, there are no practical differences between testing battered or vertical piles. Before testing, ensure that the gages are installed in an axial orientation. In short, the gages should be aligned with the pile.