Spudcan penetration analysis for case histories in clay

Muhammad Hossain, J. Zheng, D. Menzies, L. Meyer, Mark Randolph

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    © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers. This paper reports advances in the prediction of spudcan resistance profiles during installation and preloading, based on the soil flow mechanisms observed in model tests and numerical analysis, and taking into account strain softening and rate dependency on the soil strength. Deep penetration of spudcan foundations was simulated for 14 case histories reported from different locations in the Gulf of Mexico, where the soils were single layer, predominantly normally to lightly overconsolidated clay. Axisymmetric and three-dimensional analyses were carried out using two large deformation finite-element (LDFE) approaches, modifying the simple elastic-perfectly plastic Tresca soil model to allow strain softening and strain-rate dependency of the shear strength. The field data were compared with the results of the finite-element analyses and with predictions using various design approaches. Excellent agreement was found, particularly when a mechanism-based design approach was used that differentiated between conditions before and after backflow of soil above the penetrating spudcan.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)04014034
    JournalJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
    Issue number7
    Early online date14 Apr 2014
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


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