Development of a novel spudcan shape for easing spudcan-footprint interactions

Minjung Jun

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This study has established a novel spudcan shape, with a flat base and four holes through the base, for easing spudcan ­footprint interactions, which is one of the major concerns to the jack-up industry. By comparing with the performance of a conventional spudcan, the novel spudcan was shown to reduce the maximum horizontal force and moment by 42% and 46%while installing next to a footprint. The global response of a jack-up rig was captured through numerical modelling. Finally, the effectiveness of the novel spudcan was confirmed through centrifuge model tests, varying footprint geometries, strength of clay, offset distance of reinstallation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Kim, Youngho, Supervisor
  • Hossain, Muhammad, Supervisor
  • Cassidy, Mark, Supervisor
  • Hu, Yuxia, Supervisor
Award date2 Jul 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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