A force-resultant model for spudcans in soft clay and application to jack-up push-over analysis

Youhu Zhang, Britta Bienen, Mark J. Cassidy

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    With the development of the offshore oil and gas industry, mobile jack-up drilling platforms are increasingly required to operate in deeper waters and harsher environments. The improvement of the jack-up site-specific assessment practice is vital for safely meeting this demand. In soft clayey seabeds, thes pudcan foundations of the jack-up platform penetrate deeply into the soil, and complete or partial backflow occurs. In recent years, a number of studies have investigated the performance of spudcan foundations in soft clay to improve the relevant recommendations in the industry guideline published by SNAME. In this paper, a brief review of recent research in this area is first provided. Then,a force-resultant model that is suitable for performing integrated soil-structure analysis is proposed. An example of the application of this model is finally provided, and important comparisons with the SNAME model are drawn.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference
    Place of PublicationRichardson, Tex
    PublisherOffshore Technology Conference
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9781622760244
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event2012 Offshore Technology Conference - Houston, United States
    Duration: 30 Apr 20123 May 2012


    Conference2012 Offshore Technology Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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