Q

How is the pile weight accounted for in dynamic testing?

A

Dynamic tests and static load tests can both determine the additional load that can be placed on the pile top. There is a slight distinction, however, in that dynamic testing ignores the pile weight. An exception arises when testing a long pile. The load test is made on the pile's top. Following, a section of the pile load is removed. An engineer can add the discarded pile weight to the test load. This is different from a static soil analysis. During a static soil analysis, engineers calculate the supported loads and the pile weight together.