Long term effects of cyclic loading on suction caisson foundations in sand

C. Lupea, R. Thijssen*, A. F. Van Tol

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Within a multi-footing configuration, such as a three-leg jacket structure, suction bucket foundations prove to be an advantageous solution for increasing water depths. This article presents a summary of an approach that may allow for the simplification of the long term performance assessment under vertical cyclic loading of suction caissons embedded in sand. It provides a conservative theoretical basis for the identification of potentially damaging loads, which could cause significant pore pressure build-up and strain accumulation. One of the key conclusions of this research is that the foundation response is a function of both the applied mean load and its cyclic amplitude for both tensile and compressive loading. Nonetheless, experimental work must be carried out to validate these results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ECSMGE 2015
EditorsD.M. Smith, M.G. Winter, D.G. Toll, P.J.L. Eldred
PublisherICE Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780727760678
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Sep 201517 Sep 2015
Conference number: 16


Conference16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Abbreviated titleECSMGE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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