Continuous characterisation of near-surface soil strength

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    Copyright © 2014 by ASME. A sound understanding of near-surface soil strength is essential for the accurate prediction of the response of structures laid on or shallowly embedded in the seabed. However, characterisation of the uppermost region of the seabed, which is typically very soft and at a low-stress state, is extremely challenging. This paper demonstrates a novel technique for characterising the in situ undrained shear strength of near-surface soils using a newly-developed pile penetrometer. The pile penetrometer is vertically embedded into the near-surface soil and is driven laterally. A simple calculation of the resistance mobilised over the embedded depth of the pile penetrometer is presented along with its application to the continuous measurement of spatial variation in near-surface strength in virgin and disturbed regions of soil.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering - OMAE
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherASME International
    ISBN (Print)9780791845411
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2014 - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: 8 Jun 201413 Jun 2014

    Publication series

    NameASME Proceedings
    PublisherThe American Society of Mechanical Engineers


    ConferenceASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2014
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco


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