Effect of underlying sand layer on undrained capacity of spudcan foundations in soft clay under combined loading

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Abstract

During the operational phase, the spudcan foundations of a mobile jack-up rig are subjected to combined vertical, horizontal and moment loading. Although previous research has indicated a substantial increase in vertical bearing capacity when a spudcan penetrates through a soft clay layer towards a sand layer, the response of spudcan foundations subjected to combined loadings in such stratification has yet to be understood. This study investigates the effect of the underlying stronger sand layer on the undrained VHM capacity of a spudcan foundation using three-dimensional small-strain finite element analysis. Results show the significant increase in vertical and moment capacity, whereas the horizontal capacity is minimally affected. The soil failure mechanisms are identified and changes in the size and shape of failure envelopes, accounting for the sand layer underneath, are quantified. An analytical expression is proposed to predict the combined capacity of a spudcan foundation in clay overlying sand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherASME International
ISBN (Print)9780791851302
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2018 - Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Centre, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 17 Jun 201822 Jun 2018
https://www.asme.org/events/omae

Conference

ConferenceASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2018
Abbreviated titleOMAE 2018
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period17/06/1822/06/18
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