Journal article

Incorporating Shank Resistance into Prediction of the Keying Behavior of Suction Embedded Plate Anchors

Qiuchen Wei, Mark Jason Cassidy, Yinghui Tian, Christophe Gaudin

Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering | ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS | Published : 2015


The suction embedded plate anchor (SEPLA) is a promising deepwater anchoring solution that uses a suction caisson to install a plate anchor vertically to a precise depth within the seabed. The plate anchor is then rotated from its vertical position toward an inclination approximately normal to the load applied by the mooring line in a process known as keying. This configuration reduces the embedment depth and, in typically increasing strength with depth soils, diminishes the installed capacity of the anchor. Therefore, an accurate prediction of the keying behavior of SEPLAs is crucial for offshore operations. Recently, plasticity approaches that combine a yield surface written directly in te..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research presented here was supported by the Australia-China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund and the Lloyd's Register Foundation. The work forms part of the activities of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, currently supported as a node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering.