RSPile's New Multiple Load Cases Feature Can Save You Hundreds of Hours

Published on: Mar 18, 2024 Updated on: Apr 18, 2024 2 minutes read
  • Steve Chai, Geotechnical Project Manager at Rocscience

RSPile’s new multiple load cases feature allows users to import multiple piles with different pile types and load cases with few clicks in matter of seconds.

Traditionally, engineers would need to add piles one by one, assign load cases for each pile, run the files separately, and compile the results for report. This method now simultaneously computes data such as displacements, reaction forces and capacity ratios, making the process quicker and easier.

The load cases and pile information can be uploaded in any spreadsheet. Users can include pile information such as pile type, pile name, load case ID, shear forces (X, Y, Z), moments (X, Y), restraints (in X, Y, rotation) and rotational springs (in X and Y). 

Below are some sample spreadsheets to get you started using the feature, starting with the X, Y coordinates and their corresponding pile types.

You can also add information including restraints and output case names to help with analysis:

After importing all your piles, with loads for each, you can create a model similar to the one below:

This is the base model of an example with ~700 piles imported with different load cases assigned for each pile. After computation, the spreadsheet is opened which contains the results for all the piles including its displacements, reaction forces, and capacity ratio (for reinforced concrete section piles). 

You can then filter through the spreadsheet, such as by selecting the maximum deflection plots for each pile or the load case where the capacity ratio exceeded a value of one. This feature provides many possibilities for users to simulate different load cases and conduct pile design analysis.

Note that for each load case, subfiles are created. This makes it easier for users to check each individual pile analysis for specific load cases. Below shows the displacement result for one of the load cases (live load).

In conclusion, this feature allows you to apply and analyze multiple pile analysis with different load cases, saving engineers hundreds of hours if done manually. This will change the way engineers design and analyze projects with multiple piles with multiple load cases.

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