Experimental investigation of the reinstallation of spudcan footings close to existing footprints

Mark Cassidy, C.K. Quah, K.S. Foo

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    The large footprints that remain on the seabed after offshore mobile jack-up platforms have completed operations provide hazardous conditions for any future jack-up installation at that site. The slope of the footprint and varying soil strengths below the surface cause detrimental horizontal and moment loads to be induced on the spudcan during the preloading process where only vertical loads are expected. Experimental data from 12 tests investigating the reinstallation of a spudcan footing close to an existing footprint is presented in this paper. The experiments were carried out using a geotechnical drum centrifuge at a radial acceleration level equivalent to 250 times that of Earth’s gravity. The stiffness of the loading leg and model spudcan shape were scaled to ensure conditions of stress similitude between the model and prototype. In all of the experiments, an initial footprint was created. The spudcan was then offset and reinstalled with the combined vertical, horizontal, and moment loads on the spudcan recorded. The effects of reinstallation location, preloading levels, and change in leg stiffness were investigated. The worst location for reinstallation was found to be at an offset half a spudcan diameter from the initial spudcan installation. The horizontal and moment loads were also greater when a more extensive footprint was created by the initial spudcan being embedded deeper and with a higher preload. For the range of conditions tested, changing the leg stiffness did not affect the results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)474-486
    JournalJournal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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