Thirty years of experience with the wave equation solution based on the method of characteristics

Auteur(s):

Middendorp. P.

Year:

2004

Language:

English

Where:

Seventh International Conference on the Application of Stress Wave Theory to Piles, Kuala Lumpur

INTRODUCTION:

The method of characteristics, as an accurate solution of the wave equation, has a long history of application. This paper will describe a brief history of the method and the author's experiences with the method of characteristics over a period of 30 years. Developments in the Netherlands, especially around the 1970's are described.

In the 1970's Heerema started to research the dynamic behaviour of soil during driving. HBG (Hollandsche Beton Groep) started the development of the Hydroblok impact hammer. The Hydroblok was a high tech hammer based on nitrogen cushioning. HBG extended the theoretical solution of the wave equation (method of characteristics) with a straightforward theoretical solution for the shaft friction along the pile.


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