Large deformation fe analyses of cone penetration in single layer non-homogeneous and three-layer soft-stiff-softclays

H. Ma, Michael Zhou, Yuxia Hu, Muhammad Hossain

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    Abstract

    Copyright © 2014 by ASME. Continuous profiles from in-situ penetrometer tests are now identified as essential for site specific soil investigation as part of designing offshore structures in deep and ultradeep waters and in highly layered seabed conditions. This paper describes the results from large deformation FE (LDFE) analysis undertaken to provide insight into the behavior of cone penetrometer penetrating through single layer non-homogeneous clays and three-layer uniform soft-stiff-soft clays. For the smooth cone penetration in non-homogeneous clays, the soil strength non-homogeneity factor was shown to have insignificant effect on the cone bearing capacity factor. However, for the rough cone, the bearing capacity factor in non-homogeneous clay was about 10∼12% lower than that in uniform clay. Bearing capacity factors for smooth and rough cones were also similar for non-homogeneous clay. For cone penetration in stratified soft-stiff-soft clays, a minimum layer thickness of 20 diameters was required to mobilise the full resistance of the stiff layer. The corresponding soil flow mechanisms are also discussed linking directly to the profile of penetration resistance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering - OMAE
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherASME International
    PagesV003T10A013
    Number of pages9
    Volume3
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7918-4541-1
    DOIs
    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

    Conference

    ConferenceASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2014
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco
    Period8/06/1413/06/14

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