Journal article

Experimental observations of the penetration of spudcan footings in silt

MJ Cassidy

Géotechnique | ICE PUBLISHING | Published : 2012


Mobile drilling platforms perform the majority of the world's drilling in water depths up to approximately 120 m. The installation of their large, inverted, conical spudcan footings into fine-grained silt material is considered problematic by an industry that has usually defined the conditions of installation as either undrained in 'clays' or drained in 'sands'. This is reflected in current SNAME industry guidelines. Little guidance is provided for calculating the penetration resistance of spudcans in partially drained conditions. The use of full flow-round penetrometers may provide the opportunity to directly correlate spudcan predictions with in situ measurements. Previous centrifuge testi..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The author appreciates and acknowledges the discussions with Professor Mark Randolph of COFS, Carl Erbrich of Advanced Geomechanics and Dr Kar Lu Teh of the National University of Singapore, which have enhanced the content of this technical note. He gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Australian Research Council and The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust, an independent charity working to achieve advances in transportation, science, engineering and technology education, training and research worldwide for the benefit of all.