Prediction of spudcan penetration resistance profile in stiff-over-soft clays

J. Zheng, M. S. Hossain, D. Wang

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    Spudcan punch-through during installation and preloading process is one of the key concerns for the jack-up industry. This incident occurs in layered deposits, with new design approaches for spudcan penetration in sand-over-clay deposits reported recently. This paper reports a novel design approach for spudcan penetration in stiff-over-soft clay deposits. Largedeformation finite element (LDFE) analyses were carried out using the Coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian (CEL) approach. The clay was modelled using the extended elastic-perfectly plastic Tresca soil model allowing strain softening and rate dependency of the undrained shear strength. A detailed parametric study was undertaken, varying the strength ratio between bottom and top soil layers, the thickness of the top layer relative to the spudcan diameter, and degree of nonhomogeneity of the bottom layer. Existing data from centrifuge model tests were first used to validate the LDFE results, and then the measured and computed datasets were used to develop the formulas in the proposed design approach. The approach accounts for the soil plug in the bottom layer, and the corresponding additional resistance. Where there is the potential for punch-through, the approach provides estimations of the depth and bearing capacity at punch-through, the bearing capacity at the stiff-soft layer interface, and the bearing capacity in the bottom layer. Comparison shows that the punch-through method suggested in ISO standard 19905-1 provides a conservative estimate of the bearing capacity at punch-through, with guidelines provided to improve the method.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1978-1990
    Number of pages13
    JournalCanadian Geotechnical Journal
    Issue number12
    Early online date3 Aug 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


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