# 8Case study 8: Shanghai Tower piled raft

## 8.1General

The Shanghai Tower is a mega tall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Figure 8-1. It is considered the second-tallest building in the world after Burj Khalifa. The height of the tower is 632 meters. It consists of a 124-storey tower, a 7-storey podium and a 5-storey basement.

The tower has a 5-storey basement, and its foundation depth is 31.4 [m]. The thickness of the raft under the tower is 6 [m] and the area of the raft is 8945 [m2]. The raft of Shanghai tower is supported by 955 bored piles with a diameter 1.0 [m]. The spacing between the piles is 3 [m] and the piles are distributed in different foundation arrangements where the entire raft area is divided into four sub areas A, B, C and D as shown in Figure 8-2. The length of the pile in area A is 56 [m], while the length of the pile in other zones is 52 [m].

Extensive studies with different calculation methods were carried out by Sun etc. al. (2011), Xiao etc. Al. (2011), Tang and Zhao (2014), (2014), Su etc. al. (2013), (2014) and Zhao, X. and Liu, S. (2017).

Figure 8-1              Shanghai Tower [1]

Figure 8-2              Shanghai Tower Foundation system and vertical zoning of the Tower

(Zhao, X. and Liu, S. (2017))

## 8.2Analysis of the piled raft

Using the available data and results of the Shanghai piled raft, which have been discussed in detail in the references, the nonlinear analysis of piled raft in ELPLA according to El Gendy et al. (2006) and El Gendy (2007) is evaluated and verified using the load-settlement relation of piles from the pile load test given by Xiao etc. Al. (2011).

For simplicity, the piled raft is considered double symmetric and only a quarter of the foundation system is analyzed. The foundation system is analyzed as an elastic raft supported on unequal rigid piles.

## 8.3FE-Net

The raft is divided into triangular elements with a maximum length of 1.5 [m] as shown in Figure 8-3. Piles are divided into five elements with 14 [m] length.

Figure 8-3              FE-mesh of Shanghai tower piled raft with piles

According to Tang and Zhao (2014), the tower foundation carries a total dead and live loads of 6710 [MN] and 963 [MN], respectively. The total vertical load used in calculating the settlement is 7672 [MN]. The column and wall sections and loads are listed in Table 8-1The system of loading acting on the piled raft is shown in Figure 8-4.

Table 8-1                Section and load of columns and walls

 Section Average load [MN] Distributed load [MPa] Horizontal super columns 5.3×3.7[m] 4×450.16 22.96 Vertical super columns 3.7×5.3[m] 4×461.75 23.55 Diagonal columns 5.5×2.4[m] 4×231.22 17.52 Core walls tflange = 1.2[m], tweb  = 0.9[m] 3099.87 16.50 Total load 7672.387

## 8.5Pile and raft material

The concrete grade of the raft and piles is C50. The following values were used as pile and raft material:

Modulus of elasticity Ep        =          33234              [MN/m2]

Poisson's ratio            vp         =          0.167               [-]

Unit weight                 γb         =          23.60               [kN/m3]

Figure 8-5 shows the load-settlement relation resulted from the pile load test given by Xiao etc. Al. (2011).

## 8.7Soil properties

The site for the Shanghai Tower is in the new Pudong development district of Shanghai. The groundwater level is about 0.5~1.5 [m] below ground level. The foundation depth of the tower is 31.4 [m] below ground level.

Geotechnical investigation indicates that the ground conditions comprise horizontally stratified subsurface profile which is complex and highly variable. The subsoil below the ground level is composed of clay, silty clay and sand, underlain by a completely decomposed granite. According to the soil type and physical properties, the subsoil is divided into nine layers and fourteen sub-layers. The top layer is the bearing layer for shallow foundation while the fifth, seventh and ninth layers are the end-bearing layers for piles.

The soil profile and geotechnical parameters are summarized in Table 8-2. The subsoil layer under the raft up to 105 [m] deep are indicated in the boring log shown in Figure 8-6.

Table 8-2                Summary of geotechnical profile and parameters

 Strata Sub-strata Subsurface Material Level at top of stratum z [m] Modulus of compressibility   Es [MPa] Bulk Density     γBulk [kN/m3] 1 Fill 4.5 0 2 Plastic to soft-plastic silty clay 2.7 3.97 18.4 3 Flow plastic muddy silty clay interspersed with sandy silt 1.5 3.84 17.7 4 Flow plastic muddy clay -3.0 2.27 16.7 5 1-a Soft plastic clay -11.5 3.56 17.6 1-b Soft plastic to plastic silty clay -15.5 5.29 18.4 6 Hard plastic clay -20.0 6.96 19.8 7 1 Medium dense to dense silty sand with sandy silt -24.0 11.45 18.7 2 Dense silty sand -30.8 75 19.2 3 Dense silty sand with sandy silt and clay -59.1 60 19.1 8 absent 9 1 Dense sandy silt -63.4 70 19.1 2-1 Dense silty sand with coarse and gravelly sand and clay -71.7 80 20.2 2t Hard plastic to plastic silty clay with clayed silt -82.7 35 20.0 2-2 Dense silty sand with fine sand and sandy silt -84.0 85 19.3 3 Dense fine sand -96.0 90 19.7 3t Hard plastic to plastic silty clay with clayed silt -100.5 35 19.1

Figure 8-6              Boring log used in ELPLA analysis

## 8.8Results

Figure 8-7 to Figure 8-11 show the settlement and pile reactions for the piled raft analyzed using the "Given load-settlement curve from pile load test" method.

Figure 8-7              Settlement under the piled raft

Figure 8-8      Self settlement of piles Sv [mm]

Figure 8-9      Interaction settlement of piles Srv [mm]

Figure 8-10  Total settlement of piles Sr [mm]

Figure 8-11          Pile reactions [MN]

## 8.9Measurements and other results

### 8.9.1Measured settlement

The construction of Shanghai started 29 November 2008 and finished on 6 September 2014. According to Su etc. al. (2014), the settlement of the core and mega columns reached 60 and 45 [mm], respectively; on 30 April 2013 under nearly 75% of the building load. As expected, these values are less than the computed values because it doesn’t consider the long term settlement due to the consolidation of the clay layers. The soil below the tower will continue to consolidate until reaching the final settlement therefore calculation methods need to take consolidation effect into account.

### 8.9.2Calculated final settlement

Several analyses were used to assess the response of the foundation for the Shanghai Tower. According to Sun etc. al. (2011), the computed values of maximum settlement ranges between 101 and 143 [mm].

A comparison between the computed settlement obtained by ELPLA and that obtained by other methods is presented in Table 8-3.

Table 8-3                Comparison between ELPLA results and those of other methods

 Method Smax. [mm] Smin. [mm] SDiff. [mm] ELPLA 129 64 65 Xiao etc. al. (2011) - Computed 143 44 99 Xiao etc. al. (2011) - Predicted 112 68 44 Tang and Zhao (2014) - Hybrid Method 107 90 17 Tang and Zhao (2014) - Empirical Formula 121 - - Tang and Zhao (2014) - Predicted Method >120 - - Sun etc. al. (2011) - Computed 101 37 64

## 8.10Conclusion

This case study shows that ELPLA is a practical tool for analyzing large piled raft problems in significantly lowered computational time.

8.11          References

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