Journal article

Combined loading capacity of skirted circular foundations in loose sand

Nicole Fiumana, Britta Bienen, Laura Govoni, Susan Gourvenec, Mark J Cassidy, Guido Gottardi



Skirted foundations are an attractive foundation concept in the offshore energy sector, both for wind turbines and oil and gas platforms. Most of the evidence of skirted foundation behaviour under combined vertical, horizontal and moment (VHM) loading in sand has been collected from small-scale model experiments conducted at unit gravity on the laboratory floor. This paper presents results from a series of centrifuge experiments of skirted foundations on loose silica sand at relevant prototype stress levels. The vertical load-penetration curve is shown to be predicted well using established analytical methods. Centrifuge modelling results provide experimental evidence of the complex effects ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


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Funding Acknowledgements

This work forms part of the activities of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS). Established in 1997 under the Australian Research Council's Special Research Centres Program. Supported as a node of the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, and through the Fugro Chair in Geotechnics and Australian Laureate Fellowship, the Lloyd's Register Foundation Chair and Centre of Excellence in Offshore Foundations, the Shell EMI Chair in Offshore Engineering. The work presented was performed while the first author was a visiting scholar at COFS, UWA, supported by the University of Bologna and ARC grant FL130/0005. This support is gratefully acknowledged.